Backpack Program

Can you identify the children struggling with hunger in your school, perhaps even in your own neighborhood? These children are typically not the picture of starvation we see on television commercials or read about in advertisements, so you may even socialize frequently with a struggling child and not even know it.

Statistically speaking, 1 in every 5 children you know will not have enough to eat in their homes. These children are not receiving the nutrients they need to learn and grow both physically and cognitively. Many of them are suffering in silence, too “strong” or embarrassed to share their struggle with anyone. It is heartbreaking to imagine what these kids go through.

Fortunately, you can offer children hope through the Channel One Backpack Program. Each week during the school year, Channel One and our partner organizations deliver nutritious foods to over 1,200 children in 22 different schools who are at-risk of hunger on weekends and school breaks. By working closely with school administration and staff, Channel One is able to identify the children in need of food and offer them the nutrients they need to learn and grow on weekends and school breaks when they do not have access to the school meal program.

The Backpack Program gives each and every one of us an opportunity to change the life of a child, one backpack full of food at a time. Will you join us in offering children hope to grow and succeed? A gift of $72 will help feed one child on the weekends throughout the entire school year. For just a couple of dollars a day, you can have a big impact on a child’s future. To donate, click here.

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Channel One Regional Food Bank, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.