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December 15, 2011
AZ Brain Food is a non-profit organization that discreetly provides a backpack of food to feed hungry school children on the weekends. AZ Brain Food hopes that each child will return to school every Monday mentally aware and physically able to concentrate.
We have hungry children in Mesa, Arizona. 60% of our elementary aged children qualify for the Federal Program of free or reduced lunch at school. For some of these children, their only food comes from the school lunch programs. Unfortunately, many have little or no food to eat on the weekends.
AZ Brain Food's goal is to provide a backpack of food for these hungry children on the weekend.
With over 200 backpack programs like this in existence around the country, we are able to collect documented statistics. It has been shows that children who are part of these programs have had test score increases in Math up 23%, Reading 30%, and absenteeism and behavioral issues decreased by up to 40% after their first year of participation.
What's in the bag? Each bag of food contains approximately 3,000 calories, 100 grams of protein and 150% of the daily allowance of calcium and 300% of vitamin C. We are mindful not to provide items that require refrigeration, stoves, dishes or flatware. We do provide spoons for applesauce, fruit and the like. Additionally, the bags of food will weigh less than 5 pounds for ease of carrying for our young recipients. Some foods include: pop-top ravioli, spaghettios, or stew; juice boxes; shelf-stable milk; easy-mac; plastic fruit cups; individual cereals; power bars; granola bars; non-refrigerated pudding; peanut butter; tortilla; and more.
Click HERE to visit the AZ Brain Food Website.