Annual Report for 2019-20
To say that 2019-20 was a challenging year is an understatement due to the Covid 19 pandemic that closed schools, disrupted the economy and created havoc in the daily lives of students and families. Low income families were especially hard hit as some parents found themselves out of work, struggling harder than ever to make ends meet. Backpack Meals not only continued, but increased efforts to feed hungry kids from low income families during trying times. Click here to read the whole Annual Report for 2019-20.
Backpack Meals for Kids provided 450 hot meals this summer to Bellevue families.
Thanks to Holy Cross Lutheran, Nourishing Networks and the Washington Food truck Association.
LISTEN: KOMO NW Helping Hands
“Every Friday, hundreds of kids in the Bellevue School District head home with a packet of food. Each kid gets two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners, plus some healthy snacks. Without these backpack meals, they’d go hungry.
Backpack Meals for Kids, a group of dedicated volunteers, has been filling this food gap for 8 years.
“I don’t know what we would do without it. I really don’t,” said Deb Kraft, director of K-12 counseling with the Bellevue School District.” Read more from Herb Weisbaum of KOMO news here.
Annual Report for 2018-2019
Thanks to a supportive and generous community, Backpack Meals for Kids enjoyed our most successful and rewarding year in 2018-19. After eight years of operation, we begin the new school year of 2019-20 with heightened confidence in our long term financial stability.
From September through June, kids were the focus of all Backpack Meals activities. We strived to fulfill our core mission of providing healthy weekend meals to hungry children from preschool through 12th grade. We launched new initiatives and program improvements based on feedback from the community and the families we served. And we expanded our board and our outreach to the community. Click here to read highlights of the year and learn more.
In the News: Backpack Meals highlighted by Eastside Pathways
Backpack Meals is a partner with Eastside Pathways, a crucial organization supporting community service across the Eastside. Eastside Pathways recently highlighted Backpack Meals on their website. Thank you to Eastside Pathways for their support! Read the article here.