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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

October is Hunger Awareness Month 

We would like to introduce you to a program that needs your support!

Last school year, the Back Packs for Kids program provided weekend food to over 250 Head Start, Primary, and Middle School students throughout Klickitat County. The participating children were identified by their schools as being known to go with out food resources during school closures and especially on weekends. Back Packs for Kids provided weekend snacks to these children hoping to fill the weekend gap.

The feedback from school administrators and staff has been very positive, reporting increased student attendance and increased parental involvement at school. The need for nutrition for proper brain and body development is well documented, so having food resources available every day of the week is absolutely essential for the students. We are asking for your support to continue to help make this possible.

Back Packs for Kids is off and running for the 2009-2010 school year. We anticipate delivery of 375 food bags to five Klickitat County school districts and three Head Start programs every week—an increase of service to 125 more children than last year, bringing our budgetary need to $41,000. We hope you are willing and able to help us with a tax-deductible contribution.

Last year Back Packs for Kids operated under partnering non-profit organizations. This year we are proud to announce that Back Packs for Kids has been granted its own 501©3 status. This will enable the program to qualify for more grants and issue receipts for tax-deductible contributions directly to donors.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

2009 -2010 Back Packs for Kids Program

We are gearing up for our second full year of Back Packs for Kids. We are expecting 300 to 350 sacks of food per week. The communities include Goldandale, Klickitat, Lyle, Wishram, and White Salmon. We continue to seek funding from grants and public donations.