Weekends may be something that most of us look forward to. But for the more than 1 in 4 food insecure children in Arizona, weekends mean no school breakfasts or lunches. Weekends mean they don’t know when they will receive their next meal.
At St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, our vision is that no child goes to bed hungry. With the help of our supporters, we send backpacks full of food home with nearly 600 kids every weekend. You can help support our program with a daily click on Facebook in the month of April.
From now until April 30, we are taking part in a voting competition on Facebook that could help us secure $45,000 for the Backpack Program. We need to be in the top 40 out of 123 other food banks across the nation to qualify for one of the Walmart Fighting Hunger Together grants.
To help us receive one of these grants, we are asking the public to vote every day until April 30 here: http://bit.ly/vote4smfb. You will need a Facebook account to participate.
Our 8 to 9 pound backpacks contain 15 to 20 non-perishable food items. These are mostly single serve, child-friendly items meant for individual children to enjoy as five meals and two snacks over the weekend.
Menu items vary, but can include shelf-stable milk, 100% fruit juice, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, granola bars, single-serve cereal boxes, pretzels, PB&J packets, canned meals, canned chicken and trail mix. This food is all purchased then packaged and sealed in bags by our volunteers. The total cost for St. Mary’s to assemble the backpacks is $7 per bag.
Thank you for your support!