Food Drive for Backpacks Program – Volunteers and Donations Needed

MLO_5The CCUSD Backpacks for Kids Program will be holding a food drive at the Pavilions grocery store on Jefferson Boulevard from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24. The group is looking for both donations and volunteers who are willing to work in two-hour shifts.

More than 33% of CCUSD students receive free or reduced price lunches at their schools every day. For many students, this vital resource includes free breakfast. In some circumstances, healthy, reliable meals on the weekends are not a guarantee.

Since 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.

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. On Thursdays, parents and student volunteers at one CCUSD location fill the backpacks. The backpacks are delivered every Friday to each school for these students to take home anonymously. The volunteer group, run through the non-profit Culver City Council of PTAs, is hoping to stock the pantry so it can begin sending out backpacks for the 2017-2018 school year.

Those interested in volunteering can sign up for shifts here. For more information about the program, please contact Megan Rawls at [email protected].

The program has been extraordinarily well-received and recently earned a second grant from the Mark Hughes Foundation in the amount of $45,000 as well as a grant from The Albertsons Companies Foundation, The Vons Foundation and The Pavilions Foundation that was used to purchase new backpacks for this school year.

The group plans to start a Culver Food Closet located in the high school Career and College Center to allow high schoolers to more discreetly pick up food that they need.


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