There are children in America that rely on resources such as free and reduced-priced school lunch, during the school year. The BackPack™ Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.
About the BackPack Program:
• Backpacks are filled with food that children take home on weekends
• Food is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified
• Backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation
The BackPack Concept
The BackPack Program concept was developed at the Arkansas Rice Depot in Little Rock after a school nurse asked for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomach aches and dizziness. The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in non-descript backpacks to carry home.
More About this Program
In addition to providing nutritious food to school children in need, some BackPack programs provide extra food for younger siblings at home and others operate during the summer months when children are out of school and have limited access to free or reduced-priced meals.
St. Croix County's BackPack Program currently serves the New Richmond School District, Somerset School District and St. Croix Counth Head Start. 130 families are participating in this program. With community support and the help of volunteers, the BackPack Program has been a huge success.
Our goal is to provide nutritious food to families in need, as well as sending a message to the children that someone cares. This program has also impacted the schools since children have been less agitated during school reducing discipline problems and nurses have seen less children with stomach aches or other symptoms related to hunger. But most importantly, academic performance will improve due to nutritional needs being met.
We are always in need of items to fill the backpack. Below are the items we frequently need to purchase:
Jelly in plastic bottles
Mac and Cheese
Helper (hamburger, tuna or chicken)
To Volunteer for this Program:
Please call 715-247-2944 and speak with Lori or Kris.
To Donate to the Program:
Please drop off food items from the wish list or those listed above to Grace Place at 203 Church Hill road in Somerset, WI
Click below to make a monetary donation and request local community, City and State, or a specific zip code.