New Drop Points for CCUSD Food Backpack Program

backpacks_with_food_2Since 2013, the CCUSD Backpacks for Kids program has been serving students at all CCUSD school sites, serving more than 10,000 meals to students throughout the year.

For the second year in a row, CCUSD’s traditional Holiday Food Drives done at individual schools sites will be partnering for this worthy cause – supporting the children who attend our family of schools. Throughout the weeks leading up to winter recess, each school site will be collecting a specific item for the backpacks:

* La Ballona Elementary School – Macaroni and Cheese and Cup o’ Noodles
* El Marino Language School – Peanut butter (plastic jars, 12 or 16 oz. plastic jars)
* Linwood E. Howe Elementary School – Granola and Cereal Bars
* El Rincon Elementary School – Pudding Cups
* Farragut Elementary School – Fruit Cups (in individual serving containers)
* Culver City High School – Cereal (in individual serving containers); Oatmeal (in individual serving packets)
* Culver City Middle School – Canned beef stew, ravioli or Vienna sausages (in pop-top cans)
* Office of Child Development – Wrapped rolls of crackers (eg. Ritz)

The program’s annual food drive, which kicked off last week, encourages the public – both individuals and companies – to donate foodstuffs that can be packed into backpacks and sent home with students.

Food donations can be dropped off at the CCUSD District Office (4034 Irving Place) or at the main office of any CCUSD school site. In addition, a number of new drop-off locations have been announced, including City Hall on the ground floor opposite the elevators), Culver City Police Department (in the lobby), Culver City Fire Department and the Culver City Senior Center.

In addition, tax-deductible donations can be made by sending a check to Culver City Council PTA, 4034 Irving Place, Culver City, CA 90232 with the word “Backpacks” in the memo line.

“This has been an incredibly successful program that has targeted an important basic need for our students and their families,” said CCUSD Superintendent Dave LaRose. “As we all know, healthy meals are vital for student growth, development and learning. The absence of nutrition on the weekend creates challenges for our children, families and those who serve them in our schools.”

The CCUSD Backpacks for Kids Program provides food to CCUSD students who may not have access to healthy food during the weekend. Parents and staff work together to identify students in need. Parents and student volunteers at one CCUSD location on Thursdays and fill the backpacks. The backpacks will be delivered every Friday to each school for these students to take home anonymously.

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