The Backpack Program is specifically designed for K-5 children.
Without access to free or reduced school lunch, many children struggle with hunger over the weekend. For these children, the weekend is often viewed with anxiety and apprehension over what they will eat. Children who lack access to nutritious foods over the weekend then show up to school suffering from dizziness, nausea, and have difficulty concentrating. Behavioral issues often go hand in hand with these complaints. The Backpack Program was thus created to ensure our kids show up to school Monday morning happy, healthy, ready and able to learn.
The Backpack Program is specifically designed for K-5 children. These children receive 8 meals, 6 healthy snacks, milk or juice and fresh produce (apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, avocado, etc.) every weekend. Backpacks are delivered to the schools where social workers or family counselors then discreetly put the food bags into the children’s backpacks. For all school breaks (Summer, Spring, Holiday) NourishNC also provides all children on our program with at least 3 meals a day, healthy snacks, juice, milk and fresh produce. We call these “Break Boxes.”
Our bags and boxes often contain “extras” like toiletries, winter hats and gloves, school supplies, healthy & easy recipes, holiday stockings stuffed with toys, and information on community resources.