Every Friday afternoon, thousands of local students leave school to spend a weekend at home without enough food to eat. These students often rely on the hot school cafeteria meals to provide them with breakfast and lunch throughout the weekdays. To combat childhood hunger in Scottsdale communities on the weekends, we are proud to be part of the Healthy Packs program!
How Healthy Packs Works
Donations in support of Healthy Packs provide nutritious food to students that would otherwise go hungry over the course of a weekend.
The food is collected in a warehouse where the generous aid of area volunteers assembles packs of food for each student, which are then transported to the local schools. Healthy Packs are distributed quietly to recipients on Friday afternoons before the students leave school for the weekend.
The Healthy Packs Program has partnered with AZBrainfood, an organization that handles the sponsorships and communications with the 82 schools throughout the surrounding Arizona communities. It is through the support of AZBrainfood that we are able to supply the healthy packs to fight childhood hunger in Scottsdale children through the weekends.
Who the Healthy Packs Program Benefits
In addition to AZBrainfood, we have partnered with the City of Scottsdale Vista del Camino Community Center and Scottsdale Unified School District to donate over 400 Healthy Packs to all seven Title I elementary schools in Scottsdale. The students that receive the backpack weekend food are selected by their teachers and are done so without allowing other students to know of the assistance.
Healthy Packs gives those students the nutrition they need to keep them healthy with boosted immune systems and with the energy they need to keep functioning at their highest potential levels during the school days. It has been noted that the recipients of the Healthy Packs can concentrate and perform better on their homework and testing.
How to Fight Childhood Hunger in Scottsdale
Donations are welcomed through Scottsdale Community Partners (SCP) and all donations are tax-deductible. No donation is too small, as even $5 will feed one student over the weekend, a $25 donation can feed a child for a month and $200 can feed a student for an entire year.