In Wisconsin, 43% of all students qualify for free and reduced school lunches. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. What happens when they go home over the weekend? When children leave school for the weekend or holidays, the last thing they should worry about is having enough to eat.
Through our BackPack Program, we ensure children most in need are getting enough to eat on the weekends so they can return to the classroom on Mondays ready to learn. Each Friday, school personnel pack the weekend staples in normal school backpacks, which provide a discrete way to distribute the food.