Backpack Food Program

Have You Ever Been Hungry?

When students are not well nourished they do not perform well academically, display unacceptable behavior, and may have poor attendance due to illness or unexcused absences.  Many of our students are going an entire weekend with little or no food when a school meal is not available.  It is time to begin thinking about the nutrition, or lack thereof, for our students in Grayson County. Some identifying traits of a hungry child are:  Extreme thinness, dry/cracked lips, and itchy eyes.  They may have inability to concentrate, excessive absences, and short attention span.  Behavior problems often occur which leads to poor academic status.  Home environment factors may also contribute to a child’s hunger. There are 30.2% of the children in Grayson County living in poverty (according to http://quickfacts.census.gov/gfd/states/21/21085.html). This is where the Grayson County Alliance BackPack Food Program steps in to help those in need. Nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods are sent home in a child’s backpack at the end of each week to ensure they have something to eat until they return for breakfast on Monday morning.

Become A BackPack Buddy!

A donation of .35 a day, $10 a month, or $120 annually will supply one child on the BackPack Food Program with a bag of food each week for an entire school year.  Each bag contains 8 – 12 kid-friendly food items such as: single-serve beef stew or chicken, shelf-stable milk, cereal, vegetable cup, cheese or peanut butter crackers, fruit cup, pudding cup, etc. If you or your organization would consider becoming a BackPack Buddy mail your check to:

Grayson County Alliance 2203 Brandenburg Road, Leitchfield, KY  42754

or to learn more about the program, contact us at 270-259-4000. BackPack form final