Many children in the community get their breakfast and lunch at school at a reduced rate or for free, but when school is closed on weekends and holidays many of these children go hungry.
During the 2017-2018 school year, the Weekend Backpack Program provided more than 8,000 meals for 32 students, and this year, they are feeding 35 of their most at-risk children.The concept is simple: children at risk of weekend hunger receive a bag of food that is child-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable, and easy to prepare and eat. The bags are packed every Thursday by volunteers and distributed on Fridays to children in need. Each bag provides enough food for a child to easily assemble into six healthy meals, four snacks and drinks. This helps ensure that the children will have enough food to eat over the weekend and return to school on Monday ready to learn.
The Backpack Program is not federally funded, therefore the school relies on donations from the community, corporate sponsors, individuals and grants. Please help them meet their goal by doing one, some or all of the following:
Donate non-perishable food items. Items that you purchase from this Amazon link will be delivered directly to the program coordinator:
Volunteer on any given Thursday during the school year and pack bags for distribution to students. Contact Jane Runnels for more information
Contact our Special Programs Manager Winnie directly to make a monetary donation
The Fun Moon Meditation and Gong Bath, led by Masuda Mohamadi in December 2018 raised over $1300 for this essential program.