Packing snacks for weekend needs
All children should have the opportunity to have a healthy snack in between meals. Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is helping to ensure that students feel nourished, no matter what the circumstance. The food shelf kicked off this school year’s Snackpack program, holding their first packing event on Oct. 6. Snackpack is a weekend backpack program that sends healthy snacks and mini meals home with food insecure students.
Snackpacks include kid-friendly, easy-to-open items to provide healthy snacks for students at home. Program supervisor Lisa Baker said that this program is meant to bridge the gap between the free and reduced lunches that students receive during the week and the long weekend.
“There are a lot of kids in our district that go home and there may not be a lot of food around, or there might not be a parent that’s readily available to help prepare anything for them. This program is really meant to take the place of those free meals that they might depend on during the week,” Baker said.
Nearly 200 students in the district benefit from this program and are able to take a snackpack home every Friday. The program is for students Kindergarten to middle school that live in the school district. Baker said the number of benefitted students increases as the year continues. Baker said that the program also sends extra snackpacks home for students during long holiday breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas.