To our Baldwinsville Community
The Backpack Program is a local program run by the Baldwinsville Rotary Club designed to help fight hunger while protecting a child’s dignity. We work in partnership with our elementary school social workers who do an amazing job of gaining parental permission and placing the bags discretely in the children’s backpack each Friday to supplement their weekend nutritional needs. All items are in single serving sizes and in ready-to-eat packages so there is no cooking involved. Prior to school vacations extra items are included to provide additional supplements during their time out of school.
Through this year’s generous food donations provided by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Mary’s and St Augustine’s, the food drive during the Kiwanis Turkey Trot and financial/volunteer support from our Rotary Club (students included!) we “thought” we had enough food to service students through the end of June. That is until now…
With our schools closed the challenge of feeding families has grown. Last Friday we were able to step up to the school district’s request by delivering a total of 215 bags but the need has exhausted much of our inventory! Prior to this we were providing weekly bags for 28 students within two schools as well as bi-weekly and tri-weekly bins for 2 additional schools. Our goals for next year included developing additional community support and public education encouraging more families to enroll their children in our program. We thought we had time to establish the support to achieve these goals – instead we have been met with a tsunami of need!
At the present time families can pick up meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Baker and Ray Schools from 11:00 to 1pm. During the Friday pick-up families can receive our bags for the weekend. With your help we can use our existing program structure to succeed in providing these bags
Our bags include single serving packages of the following:
- low sugar cereals such as cheerios or wheat chex
-healthy breakfast and granola bars
- boxes of raisins
- dried fruit snacks
-peanut butter or cheese filled crackers
-individual packets of peanut butter, packets of pretzels and assortment of crackers/cookies
Most important! The expiration dates must exceed June 2020.
We appreciate the support of our mission! Even if you’re unable to donate you can help us out by sharing this information on your social media!!! At the present time our drop off locations are the Northwest Y (Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm); St Elizabeth Ann Seton (9am to 6pm all weekdays and weekends) and St Augustine’s (10am to 1pm Mon to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday). Additional drop off locations are in the works so for latest news and information please go to baldwinsvillerotary.org or follow Baldwinsville Rotary on Facebook!
I sincerely thank everyone for all you provide to our amazing Baldwinsville community!
The Baldwinsville Rotary Club