Growing need to help hungry students
Help resolve it with Backpacks United.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ever-increasing numbers of children and families are suffering from hunger. While schools are working hard to provide children free breakfasts and
lunches during the school week, it isn't always enough.
Children are still going hungry on the weekends. Children who go to school hungry are unable to concentrate and miss out on valuable learning experiences, gradually falling
academically behind. In the Valparaiso school district alone, nearly twice as many children are now affected and need your help.
Backpacks United helps make sure students don't go hungry on the weekend. Through your donation, students are provided with enough food for weekend meals—so they
can go to school ready to learn on Mondays. Over time, their health, behavior, school attendance, and test scores improve. We can all help ensure kids in our community have access to the food
they need to grow and succeed in school—and in life.
- Cost per backpack $8 per kid per weekend. A gift of $240 sponsors one child for the whole school year.
- Packs are distributed on Friday afternoons and include kid-friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner items that they can easily prepare on their own.
Our immediate need is to raise an additional $75,000 by the end of the year to support the increase in need. Thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Foundation, the first
$25,000 will be matched. Will you help? Select your donation amount above to get started.