You Can Be the Difference for a Child this Weekend!
We are committed to fighting child hunger in our community. That's why we started the Backpack Program, which provides children in low-income families with extra food during the school year.
This program currently serves more than 1200 students at all ten elementary schools in Grand Forks.
Backpack Program food bags are packed with two breakfast items, two main meal items, two fruits, two snacks, and two juice pouches. At the end of each school week, participating students discreetly receive a bag to put in their backpack and take home, ensuring that they have a healthy and reliable source of food over the weekend. This extra food helps kids stay focused in school, and it helps parents cover other essentials, like gas, school supplies, or medicine.
Words from a Mother:
Shannon enrolled her family in the Backpack Program after hearing about it from a school social worker. Her son Carter is in 2nd grade and has autism and ADHD. As a single mother caring for a child with extra needs, Shannon sometimes has to make difficult choices with her limited income. Backpack Program meals have helped keep the family afloat.
"Things are crazy out there, with inflation and everything else," says Shannon. "I've been in bad situations, and to have something like this actually does help a lot. This is a good program and I'm really grateful to have this food. I know a lot of other parents out here with kids who could really use it, too."
We know that children with a stable environment and enough food have a better chance at a successful future, and that's what this program is all about. But, we couldn't do it without people like you! This program is primarily funded by generous donors and run by volunteers. Would you help a child in need by making a donation to the Backpack Program today?Donate to FEED A CHILD This Weekend!
Just $2.50 feeds a child for a weekend. $100 feeds a child for the entire school year!
Will you sponsor a child through the Backpack Program? Thank you and God Bless.
Or Donate A Food Item!
• Ramen noodles
• Soup/noodle cups
• Cereal cups/mini boxes
• Juice boxes/pouches
• Water drink mixes (e.g. Crystal Light)
• Applesauce/fruit cups
• Instant oatmeal packets (not containing nuts)
• Individually packaged snack items (not containing nuts)
• Non-perishable meal Items (e.g. mac & cheese cups, rice pouches, etc.)
bags of food distributed during the 2022-23 school year
food bags distributed each week at ten elementary schools
cost to feed one child for a weekend