single serve oatmeal
small jars of peanut butter and jelly
cheese or peanut butter crackers
"As a teacher I was saddened to see one of my students asking his classmates for their lunch leftovers. He knew he had a long weekend ahead with little food at home. Now he gets weekend meals."
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Backpack programs exist in schools across the country, serving children who are identified as "food- insecure" by a teacher, counselor or parent. We pack bags of food that contain child-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks. Then we deliver them each week to schools and other sites for distribution o On Friday afternoons, children at risk for weekend hunger receive a bag of food which contains child-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks. At the high school level students will typically choose items from a pantry at the school. The food we provide is in partnership with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and donated by many local organizations, churches, groups and individuals.
Food for Thought is a backpack type of supplemental feeding program that provides food-insecure students with nutritious meals and snacks on Friday afternoons, to sustain them over the weekend.
Hungry children have weaker immune systems, are sick more often, have difficulty paying attention in class, and are less successful academically. In addition, hunger limits social development, and is linked to behavioral problems related to stress and fatigue.
HOW CAN I BE A PART OF THIS?
Volunteers are needed to pack bags at our warehouse
Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Saturdays 9:30-11:30 am
The Plaza - lower level
2323 Memorial Ave., Suite 27 - Lynchburg
Click Here for our volunteer sign-up portal
We also need help financially. We are thankful for the organizations and people who have worked so hard to support us but we still need help funding this program. Please consider donating however you can, whether that is with time, resources, or money.
If you would like to donate to a specific program, please be sure to type out the program name in the program memo line. Please make all checks payable to Park View Community Mission with the program specified in the memo line (i.e. Food for Thought or Food for Families). Mail checks to 2420 Memorial Avenue Lynchburg, VA 24501, or click the donate button below.
"Before this program we could only afford to eat two meals on the weekend."