Food for Thought is a "backpack" type of supplemental feeding program that provides food-insecure students with nutritious meals as they leave school on Friday afternoons, to sustain themselves 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 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 rely on volunteers to 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 on Friday afternoons.
At the high school level, students will typically choose items from a pantry at the school. Some food is secured through the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and some of it is donated by local organizations, churches, groups, and individuals.
"Before this program, we could only afford to eat two meals on the weekend." --local mother
HOW CAN I BE A PART OF THIS?
Volunteers are needed to pack bags at our warehouse
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 pm
Saturdays 9:30-11:00 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.
small jars of peanut butter and jelly
individually packaged snacks
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."