“Feeding children one weekend at a time”
Thirty-six percent of children in South Kitsap rely on school cafeterias for their most nutritious meal of the day. In some cases, this may be the only meal a child receives for the day. And in some kids lives, they have little to no food over the weekend. BFK wants to change this sad statistic and feed kids.
We began feeding children in the South Kitsap community in 2008. Each Friday afternoon during the school year, kids discreetly and confidentially are provided a food filled backpack to ensure they have something to eat during the weekend. Backpack food programs have shown to increase attendance, decrease behavior problems, improve concentration abilities of students and improve student academic achievement.
Some basic facts about the program:
- Currently as many as 350 packs are delivered every Friday
- It costs about $5.00 to fill each bag
- We are always in need of food and monetary donations
How to help
There are many ways that you can help us:
- Donate food items
- Donate money to purchase food items
- Volunteer to help organize donations
- Become a grant writer to support BFK
The foods must be kid-friendly, shelf-stable, easy-to-prepare and nutritionally sound.
It is important for us to choose the foods wisely that make up the backpacks each week.
This is a list of foods we currently are accepting are:
- Canned tuna or chicken
- Boxed Tuna or Chicken Helper or Homestyle Bake
- Macaroni & Cheese
- 5.5 oz (one serving) pancake mixes
- Instant meals (preferably Ramen)
- Pudding cups
- Granola or protein bars
- Fruit snacks
- Peanut butter or cheese cracker sandwiches
- Small boxes of raisins
- Small boxes of juice
- Applesauce cups
Drop off point in Port Orchard: First Christian Church, 4885 SW Hovde Rd.
Drop off during regular business hours please. All money donated is tax deductible.
Checks need to be made out to “Backpacks For Kids”.
This is purely an all volunteer effort. There are no over-head cost so all donations go entirely to the children and the purchase of food.
“Backpacks For Kids” is sponsored by many churches, organizations and individuals throughout South Kitsap and by many private donations.
Thanks to everyone’s participation, children are being fed in Port Orchard.
For more information contact: Teri Goodwin 360.340.5692