Feeding Hungry Children Over the Weekend

Through Healthy Packs, Scottsdale Community Partners provides bags of kid-friendly, nutritious food to students in Scottsdale public schools who have limited access to food on weekends when free school meals are not available. Kids who receive weekend food are healthier and come to school ready to learn.

Make a Donation Today!

Your support will make a difference in a child’s life. Help us maintain and expand this vital program! We welcome recurring and one-time donations to Healthy Packs in any amount.

We Have Hungry Children in Scottsdale

  • During 2017, 6,470 children in Scottsdale schools qualified for the national school lunch program and received free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. School breakfast and lunch are the only meals some kids eat regularly.
  • Some of these children have little or no food to eat on weekends. Healthy Packs helps fill in the gaps.

How Healthy Packs Works

Teacher, counselors, nurses and other school staff at participating elementary and K-8 schools identify the children in need of weekend food. Healthy Packs provides bags of nonperishable nutritious food for each child to take home and eat on the weekend when school meals are not available. On Friday’s, the Healthy Packs are discreetly placed in the children’s backpacks by their teachers.

Healthy Packs is operated by Scottsdale Community Partners with support from the City of Scottsdale’s Human Services department and the Scottsdale Unified School District.

Healthy Packs is also supported by a volunteer committee that coordinates fundraising and helps with weekly food packing. Click here if you would like more information about our committee and volunteer opportunities.

Healthy Packs is supported by donations from faith-based, civic, leadership, and parent organizations and from businesses and individuals. There are no state or federal funds available for weekend backpack food programs.

Healthy Packs Preparation

Volunteers prepare the food that will be packed into brown bags and given to students in need.


 

You Can Help Provide Weekend Meals to Children!

Sponsor a child during the 2018-19 school year by donating at one of these levels:

  • 1 child for 1 month = $25
  • 1 child for 1 school year = $200 or $17/month
  • 2 children for 1 school year = $400 or $34/month

If you or your organization are able to do more…Sponsor all eligible children in a Scottsdale school during the 2018-19 school year:

  • 1 school (50 students) for 1 month = $1,250 or $105/month
  • 1 school (50 students) for 1 school year = $10,000

Remember to ask your employer to match your donation!

Donations Will Qualify for a Tax Credit or Tax Deduction

Donations to Scottsdale Community Partners qualify for the Arizona tax credit for contributions to qualifying charitable organizations of up to $400 for individuals or $800 for married couples filing jointly. This credit can be taken in addition to school tax credits. Donations that exceed the tax credit may be tax deductible.

How Healthy Packs Got Started in Scottsdale

Healthy Packs was modeled after similar programs nationwide that serve hundreds of thousands of children in 2011, Healthy Packs has received wide support from our community and now feeds 400 children in eight Scottsdale schools each weekend during the school year.

Healthy Packs Delivery

Loading up the truck to deliver the Healthy Packs to Scottsdale schools.


 

How Healthy Packs Food Program Makes a Difference

Childhood hunger is a reality in Scottsdale. Backpack food programs help fill the hunger gap that many school children experience over weekends when free or reduced-price cafeteria meals are not available.

Teachers and parents have told us that Healthy Packs are making a big difference for their students! In fact, teachers and school staff report that students who receive weekend food attend school more regularly, display less anxiety, pay attention longer, concentrate longer, and perform better academically than they did before.

But the demand for weekend food is greater than our current funding. We need your help to sustain and expand this vital program!

Supporting Partners

Healthy Packs were distributed to students in Scottsdale Unified School District during the 2017-18 school year.

Help us make a difference!

Donate
The more funds we raise, the more Scottsdale residents and students we can help!
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