The BackPack Food Program
The BackPack Food Program was featured as Greater Mankato Area United Way's 2011 Initiative. This program was brought to our community in a collaboration between Feeding our Communities Partners (FOCP), United Way, and the Mankato Public Schools. Food packs are discreetly placed in a child’s own backpack before weekends and holiday breaks. Students are voluntarily enrolled by parents and with encouragement from teachers. The program was piloted in Spring 2010 in a Mankato Public Elementary School and will be expanded to additional schools over the upcoming years.
In 2012, United Way increased funding to the BackPack Food Program, enabling FOCP to expand the program to more area schools and to include more children in need of food. In the Spring 2010 pilot, the program fed 41 children in grades K-3 at Franklin Elementary. By Spring 2012, this program will serve 425 children grades K-6 at Franklin, Jefferson, Kennedy and Rosa Parks and Washington Elementary schools, decreasing children's hunger and increasing their health, well-being and chances of school success.
Making the case for Hunger in our Community:
Click here to watch our 2011 Campaign Video featuring the BackPack Food Program.
Click here to view a sample nutrition newsletter which is included in the weekend food packs.