It's all about Feeding Kids!
Food Backpacks 4 Kids exists to meet the nutritional needs of hungry and food-insecure children and their families living on the Key Peninsula and in Gig Harbor. Children thrive when they have access to healthy food and our community volunteers work hard collect and distribute food to any family in need with children in the home.
We feed hungry children and their families by:
Giving out about 7,000 pounds each Saturday at two drive by locations!
Giving out over 300 backpacks filled with over 10 pounds of food every week school is in session!
Operating Food Pantries in all the Middle and High Schools in our community!
The Food Backpacks 4 Kids program was launched on the Key Peninsula in 2009. Since then, we have given away over 1 million pounds of nutritious food to children and their families!
In our first week of operation, nine backpacks were packed for distribution at Evergreen Elementary School. Our collective passion has infected many others resulting in substantial growth of the program. Each school year we support approximately 500 children and youth weekly, with participating students at every school in the Peninsula School District. Our projection is that each year the number of children and families served will increase.
Our original core group of volunteers pack the backpacks that are distributed to our original site of Evergreen Elementary as well as Vaughn and Minter Creek Elementary and Key Peninsula Middle School.
Our hardworking volunteers at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church pack for the students at Purdy Elementary, Harbor Ridge Middle School, and Peninsula High School.
Dedicated volunteers at Peninsula Lutheran Church fill backpacks for the students at Discovery Elementary, Harbor Heights Elementary, Voyager Elementary, Goodman Middle School, Kopachuck Middle School, and Gig Harbor and Henderson Bay High Schools.
To meet the needs of the community, we have extended the backpack program by establishing a summer lunch program. All children, youth and their parents are invited to enjoy a hot, home cooked meal three days a week. Additional food items, fresh fruit and home essentials are distributed throughout the summer.
We believe no child can achieve their full
potential without adequate nutrition
- no child should go to bed hunrgy in our community -
Is to meet the nutritional needs of hungry children in our local schools at times when other resources are not available, such as during weekends and school vacations, and to provide a sound basis for learning and personal growth via a strong supplemental nutritional program.
Board Chair - Joe Urvina
Director of Operations - Zaida Woodworth
Office Manager - Michelle Johnson
- and most importantly -
dozens and dozens of wonderful volunteers!!!
Children Need Your Support!