Feeding Youth, Fighting Hunger – Snack in a Backpack

By on August 1, 2016

Snack in a Backpack

The mission of the Snack in a Backpack program is to reduce childhood hunger in Fannin County and inspire our community to do the same by sharing our passion with integrity and respect.

Snack in a Backpack is a unique program specifically focused on children who are in need of nutrition on the weekends. Behind the scenes, volunteers prepare bags of food to be distributed every Friday to the high school, middle school, and elementary schools. On any given Wednesday you can find from 12 to 20 volunteers packing approximately 400 bags of food for the kids. Each bag weighs about 3 pounds so 1,200 pounds of food gets prepared for distribution. Every 2 months we receive a delivery of 4 tons of food which is loaded onto 10 pallets by hand. Each pallet gets stacked shoulder high for easy access. That is $8000 worth of food every 2 months.

Nutritious ready to eat or easily prepared items are accessible for the children so if they are hungry they can eat these things immediately. They get 2 non-perishable milks (usually 1%), 2 bowls of crispy rice or toasted oat cereal, a can of protein (meat), pudding, an easy mac-n-cheese meal (that is made with water in the microwave), 4 fruit and grain bars, and 2 fresh apples which are donated by Mercier Orchards when in season. So each child gets 7 different foods comprised of 13 items that contain an approved amount of nutrition for 2 days. The cost to Snack in a Backpack to prepare these bags is approximately $2.95 for each child. We accomplish this through your donations and purchase our food from the food bank. The Chattanooga Food Bank has an entire wall exclusive to the backpack programs. These items have to be individual servings of food and non-perishable.

The program takes allergies very seriously so we do our best to accommodate those children as well. We purchase nutritious items locally that include no peanut type granola and non-dairy milk products.

Snack also raises money through fundraising efforts like our annual event Bringin’ the Blues to Blue Ridge. The 2017 Event will be held at Willow Creek Falls & Vineyard on February 26, 2017. So Save the date. All the details are TBD.

We have the $365 Elite Club for businesses and individuals. This donation level helps run the program for $1 a day. We spotlight these businesses with a plaque presentation in the newspaper. The $110 Club feeds one child for an entire school year and helps us purchase food from the food bank. Each person who joins receives a nice certificate.

Snack is always looking for dedicated volunteers that have a passion for helping children. Just show up on Wednesday morning at 9:30AM to help pack bags at 2460 East 1st Street, Blue Ridge. We are located behind Pete’s Restaurant.

For more information, contact
Angela Huffstetler,
Snack in Backpack

P.O. Box 2123,
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Email: backpackfannin@gmail.com
Webste: www.snackinabackpack.org