Almost half of the students in the Chimacum School District rely on free or reduced meal programs for their daily nutrition during the school week. But what happens to these same children and students on the weekends? Pam Kelly, Harold and Karen Jensen and others from Peace Lutheran fellowship decided to do something about that. So over three years ago, “Backpack for Kids” was started. During the school year, this ministry provides “food insecure” students with child-friendly, non-perishable, practical to prepare weekend groceries – enough to ensure 6 meals, 2 snacks and 2 drinks. Bags are packed each week by our volunteers and every Friday, children identified by school staff are discreetly and confidentially given a food-filled bag to be placed inside their personal backpacks. Currently 60 children and students each week receive help in the Chimacum schools. And, our program is becoming a model for other school districts with our leaders providing guidance. Because the need is so great, BFK has many community partners who help contribute money for food, groceries and offer volunteer labor to help us meet the growing needs.

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