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WEEKEND HUNGER BACKPACK PROGRAM 

HELPING PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH NUTRITIOUS MEALS
SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON LEARNING

The Weekend Hunger Backpack program is a relief program that provides meals to children who don’t have reliable access to food during the weekends and rely on their weekday lunches from school. Our program strives to provide more than 700 children each week with the food they need to stay healthy, happy and successful in the classroom. On average, it costs about $6 to feed a child over the weekend. 

 

We welcome the community’s support for this program and accept donations of nutritious and kid-friendly food during the school year. The following are some of our most urgently needed items:

  • Canned meat: tuna, chicken, vienna sausage

  • Canned goods: fruit, ravioli, vegetables, beans, soup, chili w/ beans

  • Juice boxes

  • Macaroni & cheese

  • Pudding & Jell-O packs 

  • Snack crackers

  • Raisins

  • Applesauce

  • Fruit Chews
     

The foods above were recommended by local nutritionists and food pantries as “kid- friendly” nutritious food items that are easy for a child to carry (no glass please). The “Wish list” is provided to help guide your search for food. However, these are ONLY suggestions. We WILL accept other food not included on this list.

For more information contact
Courtland Conner at cconner@ccgnv.org 352-372-0294 Ext 1025

Teacher and Young Student

A STORY OF NOURISHMENT:
MS. HARRISON’S STUDENT*

I teach 2nd grade ,and a few weeks after the start of the school year, I noticed a child in my class was having a hard time concentrating. He came up to my desk one morning saying his head hurt and he was hungry. I spoke with our Principal and she referred him and his family to the Weekend Hunger Backpack Program at Catholic Charities. Now, every weekend he is taking home a backpack filled with food, and on Monday mornings he comes to school ready to learn and participate in class.

* photo and name changed for privacy

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762 CHILDREN

in 21 schools enrolled in our Weekend Hunger Backpack Program that provides nutritious meals to food insecure children.