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Basic Student Needs

In every school in the Issaquah School District, students need support for a multitude of reasons. From food aid to combat hunger in the classroom, to free school supplies for families who can’t afford the expense, to emergency funds when all other options are exhausted, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is here to help. 

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Here are a handful of examples of how the Foundation supports Basic Student Needs:

Feeding Student Success

Feeding Students Success provides food aid to students during the school day. The program offers free breakfasts, snacks, and lunches at many District schools. Nutritious meals and learning go hand-in-hand, and students who eat breakfast and lunch are better able to focus on their studies. The program provided more than 17,000 breakfasts, snacks, and lunches during the 2017-18 school year. By the numbers, the program provided:

Grab & Go Breakfasts: 4,201 (an increase of 65% from 2016-17)
Breakfast Bars: 12,096 
Lunches: 835

“With the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s support, we are able to ensure that all students are able to receive the nutrition they need to be healthy and successful. We greatly appreciate their support!” – Sean Martin, Liberty High School Principal


Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies for Issaquah School District K-12 students who need financial support. In 2018, the program distributed 967 backpacks filled with school supplies to Issaquah School District families. We also have backpacks with supplies available in schools for families who arrive later in the year.  One participating family shared the following:

"Thank you so much for all that you folks do for our families. You guys and the donors are TRUE BLESSINGS in our lives!"
- Parent of elementary and high school students

Nurses Fund

This special fund allows Issaquah School District nurses to assist students and families struggling to pay for basic necessities, such as utility bills, medical attention and supplies, food, and clothing.

“The funds provided by the Issaquah Schools Foundation assist students in need in our District by supplying them with such basic items as groceries, clothing, medications, eyeglasses, and transportation, thus allowing them to focus on learning.” Karen Thies, DNP, RN, Health Services Supervisor

Student Intervention Services Support

Student Intervention Services Support provides professional development opportunities for student support coaches and counselors, as well as supporting bullying prevention and emergency preparedness.

VOICE Mentor Program

Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education (VOICE) is an in-school volunteer mentoring program that pairs caring community members with Issaquah School District students.  VOICE volunteers work with students as one-to-one mentors one hour per week throughout the school year. Volunteers may choose to work as mentors supporting social skills and setting positive goals or as academic mentors with students on the specific subject matter.  

During the 2017-18 school year, VOICE Mentors supported 400 students at all grade levels and at all schools in the District. There are currently more than 300 mentors who are trained and committed to volunteer one hour per week to make a difference in the life of a student. 

Basic Student Needs Committee

The Basic Student Needs Committee offers an opportunity for community organizations to collaborate to support student needs in the Issaquah School District. The Committee focuses on many projects, including support for clothing closets for middle and high schools; Passage Point and YWCA Family Village Issaquah, Imagine Housing and Echo Glen (in partnership with the PTSA Council); Issaquah School District Nurses Fund; and transportation solutions for homeless and youth in need.

Fueling Success for Every Student, Every School