The Backpack Program provides food to at-need children for weekends and holidays when school is not in session and federal school meal programs are not available. Backpacks are stocked with kid-friendly, nutritious food including shelf-stable milk and juice, fruit cups, macaroni and cheese, apple sauce, cereal and more. They are distributed on Fridays or the last day before a holiday or vacation in a discreet manner at sites where children normally congregate after school.
“A hungry child is a child at risk for both health and behavioral challenges,” says Tyrone Jones, AstraZeneca’s Director of Corporate Community Alliances. “We are glad to support the efforts of the Food Bank of Delaware to provide this support for children in our community.”
“It’s known that good nutrition is directly tied to children’s performance in school and overall wellbeing,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “We are so grateful for AstraZeneca’s commitment to making sure that no child goes without nutritious meals. With this financial gift we’ll be to provide an additional 101 children with weekend and holiday food for an entire school year.”
School officials and families are appreciative for the Backpack Program, said Dr. Wendy Schachte, Backpack Program coordinator, at W. Riley Brown Elementary School, one of many schools participating in the program.
Last year we distributed a total of 55,846 backpacks. This year we hope to expand the program in an effort to distribute 92,000 backpacks to children in need. Sites interested in distributing backpacks to at-risk children may call Stacy Stevens, Children’s Nutrition Program Coordinator, at (302) 444-8128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.