In January 2014, we were pleased to open our first Snack Pantry at Jones Elementary School. Several of the teachers had been buying snacks for students that did not have anything from home to bring. When asked how much they each spent out of pocket on these snacks the answer was around $200 annually! BackPack Beginnings hopes to alleviate the financial burden on these teachers by keeping their snack pantry stocked with healthy, kid-friendly snacks.
Why Are Snacks Important?
“Snacks can play an important role in managing kids’ hunger and boosting nutrition. A well-timed snack can even out spikes in hunger and provide a much-needed energy boost between meals.”1
BackPack Beginnings also operates 3 food pantries at local Title 1 Middle Schools. Our food pantries at Ferndale Middle School, Welborn Middle School and Guilford Middle School are meant to aid the children and families in need at these schools. BackPack Beginnings relies on support from the public to keep these pantries stocked and running. For these pantries, we collect food, hygiene products and school supplies.
1 Gavin, M. (2012, March). “Snacks and School-Age Kids.” KidsHealth.org. Retrieved February 26, 2014, from http://www.kidshealth.org.
Written on 2/26/2014 by Blogger Parker White[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]