Hi everyone! Thanks so much for taking the time to ask questions about our BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids program. Below I’ve answered some questions submitted about the program. Feel free to ask more below, on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.
1) Do you provide BackSacks over breaks, like fall break?
We provide a BackSack to children enrolled in the program for every week school is in session during the academic year. Since the program’s focus is weekends, we don’t provide extra bags for longer school breaks.
Through our School-Based Pantry program, students and parents are able to shop and stock up on food and toiletries in anticipation of the longer breaks. In addition, our Summer Meals for Kids program provides a free meal to kids during the summer vacation months.
2) How many servings of fresh produce are in each BackSack?
The program’s success depends largely on the ability of schools and community partners to store a month’s worth of food at a time. For that reason, everything that comes in a BackSack is shelf-stable and never needs refrigeration. It does, however, meet 50% or more of a child’s Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for a weekend in seven nutritional categories, including calories, protein, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. All the items are also kid-tested and approved and are easy for kids to prepare and enjoy.
Thanks so much for these questions we received about our BackSack program. If you ever have any questions at all, feel free to comment on our blog, post to our Facebook timeline, or tweet us at @GleanersFBIndy.