What do children and educators think of the BackPack Program?
"My student lit up each day when he received the food! He went from eating once a day to three. He looked more alert and his academic performance was raised significantly -- largely due to being better nourished."
"We had nothing to eat on the weekends, and now with the food we get (from the BackPack program) we have enough to eat."
"One family in particular comes to mind. I used to get phone calls from community members reporting that there were two young girls going door to door begging for food because they didn't have any money or food. Each of the children now receive backpacks on Friday, and the family now receives SNAP benefits. The two girls are happier and have better attendance. They are appreciative to get their backpacks each week.
"I feel better when I eat the food. I have a lot of energy."
Quotes taken from a 2012-2013 end-of-year BackPack Program survey