BENEFITING: City Mission of Schenectady
EVENT DATE: Apr 30, 2016
Every day you have the choice to make good OR bad nutritional decisions. What if you didn't have a choice? What if you simply were not able to eat? I want to give back to my local community in a BIG WAY and support the Schenectady City Mission's 'Weekend Backpack Fund'. I am looking to help them in their fight to end child hunger through a 'Burpees vs. Child Hunger' Charity Event. An alarming number of Schenectady’s children don’t get enough to eat during the weekend and are arriving hungry to school on Monday mornings. Weekend Backpack Fund strives to ensure local children are getting their most basic food needs met Weekend Backpack is available to qualifying children in all 15 elementary schools in the district. The Schenectady Foundation, MVP Health Care and SEFCU came together to support the initiative as its major sponsors, doubling the number of children who benefit from the program. The current number of children assisted is 750. What if we could double that with our donations? Students in Schenectady City Schools are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs, but for some children, the breakfast and lunch they receive at school is not enough. Some are going the whole weekend without a full meal. The average cost of one backpack full of food is $6; the cost to provide backpacks for one child for a full school year is $200. A typical backpack would include: 2 breakfast items (e.g., cereal or granola bars) 3 entrees (e.g., mac & cheese, tuna, soup, peanut butter and jelly) 1 Loaf of bread Milk card for a gallon of milk (distributed every other week) 2 juice boxes Fresh fruits Canned vegetables 2 snacks (e.g. cookies, popcorn, pudding) Information promoting healthy living and good nutrition, provided by Price Chopper, will periodically be included in the backpack. Students who receive weekend food assistance show increased attention and ability to focus during the day. According to surveys taken by the Food Bank, most students share their food with family members – an indication of how important this program is to the entire household.