It took nine groups with 216 volunteers, but at the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 19, 8,800 Backpack refills were ready for delivery to hungry children.
The Idaho Foodbank’s Backpack Program provides food for 2,100 Idaho children at risk of hunger over school weekends. These special packs weight about six pounds and include enough nutritious, child-friendly and easy-to-prepare food for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and two snacks.
The children receive these packs at the end of each school week to ensure they will come back to school nourished and ready to learn.
The Foodbank purchases food specifically for the program, and each pack must be assembled by hand. The generosity of companies and individuals willing to financially support the program and volunteer to assemble the packs is absolutely essential to its success.
The groups that volunteered for this day-long “Backpack build” included Hewlett-Packard, CenturyLink, ConAgra, Idaho Central Credit Union, Sigma Chi fraternity, Wood Financial, Community Partnerships of Idaho, Healthwell Ventures, and Holland and Hart. Thank you all for your wonderful work.