In the spirit of volunteerism that is at the heart of Martin Luther King Jr. – Idaho Human Rights Day, more than 200 volunteers gathered at The Idaho Foodbank’s Boise warehouse to assemble the food items handed out in backpacks to 2,000 Idaho children every week.
The goal of this huge assembly-line process was to “build” 6,000 backpacks. After the day’s three shifts were finished, 200 amazing volunteers had assembled nearly 7,400 Backpack refills, so you can see what terrific work they did.
The Foodbank’s Backpack Program provides free, nutritious, kid-friendly food to 2,000 elementary-aged children across the state who are at risk of hunger over weekends. The Foodbank works in partnership with school officials to identify chronically hungry children who could benefit from the Backpack Program. With parental permission, backpacks are distributed discreetly to participating children on Fridays or the last day of the school week. The weekend backpack weighs about 6 pounds and is comprised of two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and two snacks that are child-friendly, easy to prepare and non-perishable.
Read more about the Backpack Program, including how you can help, right here…
And here are a few more photos. Just click to enlarge.