One in four children in our community is at risk of hunger. This risk is especially real over the weekends when they do not have access to the nutritious meals provided by school and afterschool programs.
Children who are hungry suffer physically, socially and emotionally, and the families suffer financially – exacerbating the entire problem. This may decrease their chances of long-term success in school and life, as well as in breaking the cycle of need.
The good news is that Dare to Care’s Backpack Buddy program is making a real difference in the lives of 2,270 of these children. Every Friday of the school year, Backpack Buddy participants receive a backpack full of nutritious, tasty foods the kids can prepare themselves. The students’ teachers report that participants have increases in energy, participation, confidence, school attendance and more.
However, Dare to Care cannot deliver Backpack Buddy alone. To make the program work, we rely on the caring, discreet cooperation of administrators and teachers at our 36 partner schools, more than 2,000 volunteers who prepare and distribute the packs to the schools each week, and caring partners like the The ABC Foundation, whose financial support provides the nutritious food and resources that make the effort possible.
We appreciate your commitment to the welfare of children in our area and hope you will agree that Dare to Care’s Backpack Buddy program offers an excellent opportunity to create a very real, lasting difference for those children at risk of hunger. For only $120 per year per child, your gift has the power to not only sustain, but transform their lives.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this opportunity.