Backpacks for Kids is a collaboration between the Junior League of Abilene and the Food Bank of West Central Texas in order to provide food to children in need during weekends and holidays. Child hunger is a real and very present threat within the Abilene community. Almost 68% of children within AISD receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch every single day of the school year. What do you think they eat during school holidays, such as Christmas or Summer break? Or every weekend, when they aren’t provided a breakfast and lunch everyday? They go hungry.
The Junior League of Abilene strives to provide extra food for these children to try and supplement their school meals. Once every month, our members head to the Food Bank of West Central Texas and pack “backpacks” (think paper sack lunches filled to capacity) for these students to discreetly take home on Friday afternoons or before holiday breaks. Though 60% of children in AISD receive food support, chronically hungry children are targeted to receive the backpacks. They are identified by a teacher or counselor and parents are asked permission for the child to participate.
One filled “backpack cost $4.50. To feed a hungry child each weekend during the school year is only $162. Our long-term goal is to end child hunger in Abilene, but we can’t do it without your help. We strongly encourage you to donate to our cause and sponsor a child (or two!) for the year. We always have the able bodies to fill the backpacks, but monetary support is always needed.
A special thanks to everyone who put in countless hours on May 2, 2017 to help us raise at least $7,271 for our Backpacks for Kids program. That’s almost 45 kids off the waitlist that will now receive Backpacks every Friday. We also received a $500 bonus prize for third prize for social media posts. Thank you to everyone in membership and in our community who went above and beyond for Abilene Gives and the Junior League of Abilene.
If you could provide meals to children in need so they wouldn't go hungry over the weekend, would you? With $5 you can! Play the video to find out more about Junior League of Abilene's Backpacks for Kids #AbileneGives Community Foundation of Abilenehttps://abilenegives.org/designee/junior-league-of-abilene>>>Special thanks to Adara Media ❤️
Posted by Junior League of Abilene on Saturday, April 29, 2017
Backpacks for Kids is sustained through many generous donations of individuals, groups and grants from commercial sources, as well as Foundations. We aren’t the only community group helping out – the other three Fridays of the month, a different group of volunteers steps in our place to fill these backpacks. If you want to come see what we do each month or just want to help volunteer, our members are at the Food Bank of West Central Texas almost every second Friday of the month from 12-2 p.m.