Healthy Packs Program

Feeding Hungry Children Over the Weekend

Several years ago a few community members became alarmed when teachers they knew began telling them about students that were coming to school hungry on Monday’s due to their families’ limited food resources. The children were acting up and struggling in school and something needed to be done to help them during the weekend.

This need sprouted our Healthy Packs Program, which was founded in 2011 to address the food shortages faced by students within the Scottsdale Unified School District. We provide kid-friendly, ready-to-eat, nutritious food for the weekend, so children return to school each Monday, energized and ready to learn. This program is facilitated among Scottsdale Community Partners, City of Scottsdale Human Services Division, and the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD).

We began this program serving 25 students at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center (ANLC) in 2011, and have expanded the program each year to now assist over 400 students among 7 elementary schools within SUSD, including ANLC, Tonalea, Hohokam, Navajo, Pima, Tavan, and Yavapai. We hope to expand the program to an additional three schools by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

In total, approximately 26% of all students enrolled in the Scottsdale Unified School District are receiving free or reduced lunches during the school week, which may include both breakfast and lunch. Based on the school, the percentages range from as low as 3% to as high as 85% and represent over 6,000 students.

We want to help students reach their full potential and not worry about from where their next meal will come. We are committed to the expansion of our Healthy Packs Program and are working so it will be available to ALL students at ALL schools who qualify.

How you can help

Monetary Donations – With your monetary donation, the Healthy Packs program has the purchasing power to buy food product in bulk at a discounted price through local grocers making your dollar stretch farther.

Volunteering – Every Thursday morning volunteers are needed to help pack the thousands of weekend backpack meals that go out to hungry children all over the valley. These bags are packed at AZBrainFood, our partner non-profit. If you are interested in donating your time, please contact AZBrainFood for more details.

Downloadable Resources

Healthy Packs were distributed to students in Scottsdale Unified School District

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