Ensuring no child goes without.
“If I didn’t have the food to bring home I’d be sad because there wouldn’t be any food,” shared Loreli, a BackPack Program recipient. This is the harsh reality for many students in Tippecanoe County. Instead of being carefree and enjoying their childhood, they spend their time worrying about where they will get their next meal.
Kids struggling with hunger miss school more often, experience developmental impairments in areas like language and motor skills, lose the ability to concentrate and have social or behavioral problems at a higher rate than their well-nourished peers.”I am thankful for the BackPack Program,” shared a parent. “It helps carry us over until we can get more food.”
In Tippecanoe County, six of our highest need schools remain unfunded for the 2019-2020 school year. Students at Earhart, Glen Acres, Mayflower Mill, Miller, Murdock and Vinton Elementary Schools are in need of your support. $252 ensures a child receives a backpack full of nutritious and easy-to-prepare food every weekend throughout the school year.
Food Finders is thrilled to announce a matching opportunity from our generous friends at Pay Less and Kroger. For every backpack child adopted now through August 1, 2019, Pay Less and Kroger will match, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.
“Pay Less and Kroger are proud to offer a matching grant for the Food Finders BackPack Program,” shared Eric Halvorson, Manager of Corporate Affairs & Media Spokesman at Kroger Co.’s Central Division. “Children should not worry about where they’ll find their next meal.” Halvorson went on to say, “That concern is one reason Kroger created the Zero Hunger|Zero Waste program. Pay Less and Kroger want to end hunger in our communities by 2025. With partners such as Food Finders, we believe we can achieve that goal, but, community generosity is also essential.
Right now, Food Finders provides nutritious food to 347 students at the area’s neediest schools. Currently, 174 remain unfunded for the next school year. That’s why we offer the Kroger grant. We will match up to the first $10,000 donated to “adopt” a child in the program. Let’s all put our money where their mouths are.”