Backpacks Help CCUSD Students and Families

CCUSD Backpacks for Kids Program is already making the days healthier and more successful for many CCUSD students who do not get nutritious meals on a daily basis. Designed to provide food to CCUSD students who may not have access to healthy food during the weekend, the program uses parents and staff to work together to identify students in need. Parents and student volunteers at one CCUSD location on Thursdays will fill the backpacks. The Backpacks are delivered every Friday to each school for these students to take home anonymously.

“The outpouring of support for this program among the CCUSD family has been tremendous,” said Superintendent Dave LaRose. “Whether it is the parents who donate the food or the volunteers who collect and track it, we all know that we are working to deal with the whole child. A child who is hungry can’t success in the classroom, and we will continue to do all that we can to ensure no CCUSD child goes hungry!”

Parents, students and community volunteers run the program. (Pictured, volunteers stock the CCUSD Food Pantry shelves)Our school families and community members provide pre-packaged, nonperishable foods through school food drives and other donations.

CCUSD is currently seeking the following items for the backpacks:

Granola and Cereal Bars
Packets of Sandwich Crackers
Snack Size Boxes of Raisins
Snack Size packs of Trail Mix or Nuts
Boxes or Packets of Instant Oats or Breakfast Cereals (Unsweetened or low-sugar types such as Cheerios or Corn Flakes)
Peanut Butter (plastic jars, 16oz.)
Canned Beans
White Rice (1 or 2 lb.Bags)
Canned Vegetables (15 oz. Cans)
Canned Chili, Beef Stew and Tuna
Bags or Boxes of Pasta Noodles
Spaghetti Sauce in Cans or Plastic Jars (16 oz.)
Canned Fruit (Pull tops on cans if possible. No glass)

If you would like to volunteer and/or make a direct donation, please contact Leslie Gardner at [email protected]

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