AT A GLANCE
The Nestucca Valley Backpack Food Program provides nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to children to ensure they get enough food on weekends and holidays when they can't depend on school meals to avoid hunger.
More than 70% of the students in the Nestucca Valley School district live close to or below poverty level. Approximately 300 kids live in households that have an income below 130% of poverty level.
At this income level, USDA predicts that more than 90 kids will be food insecure, and more than 40 will be VERY food insecure, meaning that they will experience hunger and inadequate nutrition, with negative consequences to their health, behavior, and ability to learn. Other families may have higher incomes, but still be food insecure for other reasons, so the number of affected children is actually higher.
By providing kids with the nutrients they need when they're away from school, they show up on Monday morning healthy and ready to learn.
"The food backpack program is an integral part of the programming offered in the Nestucca Valley School District. Our students and families feel supported, creating a school culture of trust and appreciation. I know I speak for our families when I say THANK YOU, we could not do it without your support. "
Misty L Wharton
Superintendent, Elementary Principal,
Nestucca Valley School District
“We are deeply grateful to our generous community. We have been honored to work with the many talented and energetic partners/volunteers who have made this program so successful. We are impressed with the Nestucca Valley school system that always puts students first and will go far to ensure their well-being.”
Cofounder NV Backpack Program
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