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Food Connection backpack program

Delivering backpacks to McCarver Elementary School.

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A partnership of United Way of Pierce County, St. Leo's Food Connection and Ready, Set, Go! 5-2-1-0

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Funded in part by the City of Lakewood


Backpack Schools

Tacoma Public Schools

Baker Middle School
Birney Elementary
Bllix Elementary
Bryant Elementary
DeLong Elementary
Edison Elementary
Fawcett Elementary
Grant Elementary
Jason Lee Middle School
Jennie Reed Elementary
Larchmont Elementary
Lincoln High School
Lister Elementary
Mary Lyon Elementary
McCarver Elementary
Mt. Tahoma High School
Oakland/TBA High School
Roosevelt Elementary
Sheridan Elementary
Stafford Elementary
Stanley Elementary

Lakewood Public Schools

Lochburn Middle School

Clover Park Public Schools

Custer Elementary
Dower Elementary
Lake Louise Elementary
Tillicum Elementary

Backpack program

backpack program thank youWe 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.

Kid-friendly meals

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
2009-10 - 250
2010-11 - 415
2011-12 - 420
2012-13 - 600

2013-14 - 750
2014-15 - 750


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.

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