Snack Sharing Circle


Mt. Vernon high school seniors Julie Nicklin and Nicole Burris enjoying the snack-sharing circle.

Susanna Gates, MVC writer and photographer

The growling sounds of hungry students who have skipped breakfast are often heard in classrooms all over the school. Teachers already spend enough of their own money on things for students, so a snack budget is not in the cards. Students have the ability to stop this issue if they take this problem into their own hands. I believe starting a snack-sharing circle is the best way to go.

A snack-sharing circle is a circle of students who agree to share the responsibility of bringing in a snack for all of the students in the class. An easy way to keep track of whose day it is to bring snacks is to place every student’s name in the class in a Google Sheets document. This way students can see which day they should bring in their snacks. Students in the class who have allergies can also place them on this sheet so everyone who brings in a snack can be aware of the foods they should avoid bringing. 

A snack-sharing circle should be completely optional. Students are using their own money to buy these snacks, so if a student does not wish to participate, that is understandable. Students also must get approval from their teacher before starting a snack-sharing circle in their class. After these requirements are met, the circle is ready to spin. This allows students who like to bake or cook the ability to share their wonderful snack creations. There is no downside to the sharing circle. It brings smiles to students’ faces and puts food in their hungry stomachs. 

Nothing makes a class better than sharing a tasty treat with classmates. Consider starting a snack-sharing circle and prevent midday student hunger.

An assorted snack of sandwiches, candies, and cookies for Valentine’s Day.
Mt. Vernon high school seniors Julie Nicklin and Nicole Burris enjoying the snack-sharing circle.
Some slices of cookie cake that were brought in for the sharing circle.