Because sometimes all we can do is bail faster, given the tools available, a message from commentor MomSense:
Last night I posted on an open thread about my son telling me about a boy in his class who goes without snack at school and receives food every Friday as part of the backpack program. Some other commenters expressed an interest in ways they could help. I heard from my son’s teacher and we can solve the snack problem. There are some parents who are going to send extra snacks with our children every week so that the teachers can make sure all the students have something. My son’s teacher is a total rock star! She knew exactly who to put me in touch with and how to make this happen.
As I learned more about the backpack program, however I learned that in my area there are about 1,000 students who show up at school hungry every Monday morning. The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program is trying to take care of 200 of these students at a cost of $250 for the school year – so about $50,000. Of course this is happening in towns and cities all across the country and will only get worse as SNAP benefits are slashed. I feel like as a nation, we keep making decisions that harm our children while refusing to feel responsible for the consequences so we keep pushing expectations and accountability down to them – work hard in school, get good grades, behave, prove yourselves on standardized tests and we get to pretend that we care about our kids. How are kids supposed to do well in school with hungry tummies??
Info about Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Backpack program.
To donate to the backpack program you have to click the link for “Program”, then “Other” on the drop down menu, then check the box and write backpack in the space available.
And here is a link to a national site so that people can find the backpack program near them.
I know that as a family we are going to start volunteering to put the packages together in addition to our regular food donations.
Anyone else want to share suggestions, links, programs?