The funding will allow us to provide weekend and holiday food for 101 children within a 30 mile radius of the Dover Procter & Gamble plant.
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, peanut butter and jelly, granola bars, apple sauce, cereal and more. They are distributed on Fridays or the last day before a holiday or vacation in a discreet manner.
“Procter & Gamble’s purpose is touching lives, improving life,” said Procter and Gamble Plant Manager Julie Hansen. “The Food Bank of Delaware does this every day. Dover Wipes Plant is proud that we can support our community through this donation to their Backpack Program.”
“Despite these tough economic times, businesses and individuals from up and down the state continue to provide much-needed resources to Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Compared to last school year we have already increased the number of backpacks distributed to children in Kent County by 53 percent. We are so thankful for Procter and Gamble’s support in helping to meet the nutritional needs of our most-vulnerable children.”
The cost to sponsor a child with a backpack for a full school year is $198. To learn more about sponsorship, please contact Larry Haas, Development Director, at (302) 294-0185 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sites interested in distributing backpacks may contact Stacy Stevens, Children’s Nutrition Coordinator, at (302) 444-8128