The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, provides weekend food packages to chronically hungry elementary school students from low-income households who are at risk of hunger over the weekend when free school meals are unavailable.
Every Friday afternoon students on the program are called out of class, often to the school nurse’s office, and discretely given a bag of food which is tucked into their backpacks. Each bag contains enough food to see the students through the weekend, and the discreet distributions remove the stigma that might be attached to the program.
How are children selected for the program?
School staff members identify students who display signs of chronic hunger. Warning signs include stomach aches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, hoarding food from the cafeteria, and absenteeism. Once a child has been identified as “chronically hungry,” a referral form is sent to the Food Bank and the student’s parents are sent a permission slip to enroll the student in the program.
What food items are included in the backpack?
Nutritious food items include:
– Fruit bars
– Pancake mix
– Fruit squeezers
– Chicken salad
– Mac & beef
– Instant soup
– Canned chicken
How much does it cost to feed a child for a year?
- $200 = 1 school year (36 weekends)
- $22 = 1 month (4 weekends)
- $5.55 = 1 weekend
How can I help fund a child or school on the program?