What is the Weekend Food Bag Program?
The Weekend Food Bag Program serves elementary, middle school, and high school children in schools in Monongalia County during the school year. A child who wants a food bag will receive a nutritious and child-friendly bag filled with food for the weekend. We try to assess the weight of each bag, packing a little more for the older students as they can carry more. The premise behind the program is there are school children who do not get enough food outside of school; food may be scarce at home due to varied economic reasons. Many children do not get much to eat after lunchtime on Fridays until breakfast at school on Mondays.
We also pack vegetarian bags for any student that needs one. If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to us at email@example.com. If you would like to donate to this program specifically, please go to the donate button on the front page.
What kind of food do the kids receive?
The bags, filled with child-friendly, mostly non-perishable and easily consumable food, are pre-packed by PPM volunteers. When we have kid-friendly produce such as apples, carrots, or tangerines, we include those also. Utmost care is given in selecting nutritious food items. Participants receive enough food for 4 meals which include 100% fruit juices, shelf stable milk, cereal, fruit cups, protein entrees, fruit and grain bars, raisins, and various other snacks items. Distribution is handled discreetly by school staff to maintain confidentiality. The bags are the perfect size to fit into an elementary school student’s backpack!