Imagine going an entire weekend without a meal. It’s a reality for a growing number of kids in our community. Many of these children have unstable living situations, staying with friends, in motels, or even on the street. At school, they qualify for free and reduced meal programs. When class gets out on Friday afternoon they know they many not eat again until Monday morning.
The Back-Pack Kids program through Food Bank of Northern Nevada helps fill that gap. It provides 3-4 nutritious meals that kids can take home and make for themselves. The items are discreetly distributed to students on Fridays, tucked into a backpack where classmates never know who’s getting help.
Each of the bags containing a weekend’s worth of calories is valued at $5.00. More than 2000 Washoe County students get assistance through the program, which does not get any federal or state funding. The Back-Pack Kids program is supported solely by local donations, and the number of kids in need continues to increase.
For more information about the Back-Pack Kids program call (775) 331-3663 or click on the link below.