Studies show that children perform better in school when they eat three balanced meals a day. Yet there are kids in our community who are chronically hungry.
Almost two years ago, we began Operation BackPack at my church in partnership with Lucas Elementary. Operation Backpack provides children with nutritious, kid-friendly foods, such as whole grain cereal, canned meat with pasta, fruit in 100% juice, whole grain crackers, 100% fruit juice, 1% white milk, skim chocolate milk, and dried fruit. The food is provided by HACAP and then packed and delivered to the school by our volunteers each Friday that school is in session. Each child brings home approximately 6.5 pounds per food a week.
This has been a wonderful activity, not only for the recipients, but the volunteers. We get people from aged 2 to 82! Interested in starting an Operation BackPack program? Contact Greg Goodell at HACAP to find out more.