TCS Administration is never surprised when they hear about our Cougar families getting involved in their communities–our students and families are known for their generosity and willingness to be of service to their fellows. One excellent example of this good citizenship is the Sandy Springs based realtor and TCS parent Jennifer Barnes who jumped in to help expand a food donation program. Solidarity Sandy Springs is a pop-up food pantry, accepting food and other non-perishable donations while harnessing the spirit of “neighbors helping neighbors.” Program founder Jennifer Lott says, “The Sandy Springs Middle School PTO piloted the first pantry at Samad Grill on Roswell Road to serve the schools in North Sandy Springs. The Barnes Young Team joined in to create the second pantry at Under the Cork Tree in The Prado to serve the southern part of Sandy Springs.”  As the program started, they quickly discovered that food insecurity in that area is high and have since served hundreds of families. To make a donation of funds or food or to volunteer, please click here. Remember to let us know how you helped!

Longtime supporters and friends of The Cottage School, Mike Thomas and his wife started The School Meal Program in Roswell. Hoping to help support both local restaurants and provide meals for children who normally receive free or reduced lunches at school, Mike initiated the program to deliver food to families in need.  “The idea is simple, really. Customers purchase gift cards from participating restaurants and donate the value to a schoo

l meal distribution program. The participating restaurants prepare healthy meal options based on the amount of gift cards purchased.” In the first month, the Thomas Family and community volunteers delivered over 5,000 meals!  Click here to find out how you can help this amazing program.

Well known Roswell restaurateur Ryan Pernice—of Canton Street favorites including Table & Main and Osteria Mattone—is doing his part to reach Roswell’s recently food insecure citizens through his own program Table & Aid which offers free meals to anyone, without question or proof of need. “Guests are welcome to ask for 1-6 meals at no charge, no questions asked, depending upon the size of their family or situation.”  Meals are available Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Click here to read more about this project.

The Cottage School is blessed to have an amazing network of support in our community. We hope that during this challenging time you will continue find ways to support one another. Even when we are apart, we are Cougars at heart!