Tacoma Public Schools
Baker Middle School
We began providing backpacks filled with two day's worth of food on Fridays during the school year to 50 students at Tacoma’s McCarver Elementary School in January 2008. The program currently provides two day's worth of food every weekend throughout the school year to more than 750 children at 26 Tacoma and Clover Park Schools. The counselor at each of the schools identifies those students most at-risk of hunger. The St. Leo Food Connection provides each student with six kid-friendly meals and snacks, including fresh fruits and vegetables, every Friday during the school year.
Counselors at the schools identify those students most at risk of hunger. The Food Connection delivers backpacks filled with six kid-friendly meals to the schools for pick-up every Friday during the school year. The students return the backpacks to the school each Monday so they can be filled for the following weekend.
By the numbers:
No. of children and families weekly
2008 - 50
Fresh fruits and vegetables are now included in the backpack meals as a result of recent initiatives to make the meals healthier. Kids now receive apples, baby carrots, and potatoes for easy microwave baking.
It costs $6.00/week to provide two days worth of food to the children we serve. A donation of $240 will provide 2 days worth of healthy food to a child every weekend throughout the school year.
Click here to donate to the Backpack program.