Pillbug Backpack Program
In Shasta County there are several teachers who could tell you about the student who came to school on Monday eager to get a nutritious meal provided by the school. Many of these children go Friday evening, all day Saturday and all day Sunday without a square meal. This is the reason we started the Backpack Program for the students of Shasta and Tehama County.
The Program is designed to ensure that children have balanced meals to help them learn and grow. The concept is quite simple, children at risk of weekend hunger receive a backpack full of nutritious, nonperishable, easy to prepare food. The backpack provides two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks, two fruit juices, and two pieces of fresh fruit for the weekend. The packs are distributed discreetly each Friday afternoon before the student goes home for the weekend or Holiday break.
The Pillbug Backpack Program is providing over 250 local children from eleven different schools a pack full of 6 meals per weekend. The schools include Evergreen Elementary, Evergreen Middle School, North Cottonwood Elementary, West Cottonwood Elementary, Meadow Lane, Anderson Heights, Anderson Middle School, Rother Sycamore, Cypress, and Alta Mesa.
The need is apparent. To date the Backpack Program has served over 6,000 meals. We understand that children are our future. If you are interested in the program please contact Brian Christopher.