While many shelters help distribute food to needy families in the community, they often focus on gathering non-perishable, packaged foods with a long shelf life. While this makes sense, these foods are not providing a healthy, balanced diet for the residents in the shelters. Because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, many children living in underprivileged houses will miss out on these wholesome snacks. 

The Outdoor Classroom will help close this nutrient gap by donating a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and fish to Pepperrell Aid Community to Home (PACH) , a local homeless in our community. Students participating in the Outdoor Classroom at PACH will also learn 80% of the College Board’s AP Biology curriculum through engaging, hands-on activities. The Outdoor Classroom consists of an aquaponic system, two potato bins, and a vermicompost bin.