Over half of the children at Nehalem Elementary School qualify for free or reduced priced meals. Many of these children face hunger over weekends and school breaks. The Nehalem Elementary School Backpack Program is a new volunteer-based organization that provides food for local hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and holidays.
Every Friday, volunteers will provide the children who are enrolled in the program with a bag of food for the weekend. All of the food is child-friendly, nutritious, small and light enough to carry in a backpack, shelf-stable, and easy to prepare, even without a stove. These food resources will support the health, behavior, and achievement of every student that participates. The success in programs like this can be seen in positive changes in student attendance, behaviors, and grades.
Hunger is real for too many children in our community! Please consider sponsoring a local child. $20 provides food for one child for one month, $200 provides food for one child for one school year. To donate in any dollar amount please make checks payable to Nehalem Elementary School Backpack Program, P.O. Box 190 Nehalem, OR 97131 or drop checks off directly at the Nehalem Elementary school office. For more information contact Program Coordinator Rose Hucek at 503-440-9686.