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North Coffee Backpack Program

     This year are pleased to announce the beginning of our weekend Backpack Program.  This program is designed to assist families who may be struggling during these difficult economic times. The Backpack Program provides meals to children for every weekend of the school year. Each backpack contains enough food to provide one child with two breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners, snacks and beverages. The backpacks are sent home with qualifying students every Friday or last day of the school week. The backpacks are then returned to school the following Monday so they can be refilled and ready to be sent back with the child the following weekend.

     At this time, we are feeding seventy (70) children in the North Coffee Community. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover holiday weeks or extended holiday weekends at this time. We also started a waiting list for children in need.  If you would like to be added to our list, please notify your child's teacher, the school counselor or the school nurse. 

To ensure that this program continues to grow, we are reaching out for your help.

     It cost approximately $5.00 to fill one backpack for one child for one weekend. With thirty (30) weekends in a school year, it will cost $150.00 - $175.00 to feed one child for the entire school year. Our program relies strictly on charitable donations. We receive no other funding from grants or government assistance.  We are always in need of help; donations of food and money are accepted.   Large blue tubs are located by the front office and by the door in car rider line for drop off. 

Since our program is designed for kids to prepare their own food if necessary, please keep in mind that all food donations need to be shelf stable (no refridgeration required), easy open or pop top, and single serve.   

Below are the food items we are currently in need of:

Cereal Bars          Granola Bars          Instant Oatmeal Packets

Instant Grits Packets          Easy Mac and Cheese

Chef Boyardee Meals          Ramen Noodles

Soup          Canned/ Pouches of Chicken & Tuna

Ready to Serve Instant Rice Cups          Fruit Cups

Single Serve Apple Sauce          Pudding Cups

Single Serve Pork-n-Beans          Vienna Sausages

Potted Meat          Raisins

Trail Mix Packets/ Peanuts          Beef Jerky Snacks

Peanut Butter & Cracker Packs

Juice Boxes          Shelf Stable Milk

 

 

 

We want to give a BIG THANKS to all the teachers/ parents/ community members/ local churches and businesses who have helped make this program possible.    We could not have done it with out you! 

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