What We Do

  • Each Friday that school is in session, a backpack filled with 4-6 lbs of food is sent home with participating students.
  • Participating children and their families use the food to bridge the gap until school resumes.
  • Students return the empty backpacks on Monday morning, well fed and ready to learn.
  • The Food for Thought program has identified a six-week cycle of menus that provide variety and nutrition.
  • Focus is on easy-to-prepare or ready-to-eat foods like cereals, boxed pasta meals, canned soups, vegetables, and fruits.
  • Vouchers for perishables like milk, bread, and eggs complete the balanced approach.
  • Families participating in the backpack program remain anonymous to program volunteers and donors.
  • Only the number of backpacks needed at each school is communicated.
  • School staff will discreetly distribute backpacks prior to the end of the school week.
  • Local / Regional suppliers are being sought for food items (Hy-Vee, Super Saver, Cash Wa, etc).
  • Volunteers will meet there weekly to pack backpacks, sort, and deliver to the schools.

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