Brevard County’s Backpack Program
Brevard County has more than 35,000 elementary school students. On average, over 40 percent of these students are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs at their public schools. Some schools have an excess of 80 percent of students who are eligible.
Many students on reduced price meal programs go hungry on weekends. The Children’s Hunger Project buys and distributes food to students to eliminate this growing problem. For some students, lunch on Friday is the last regular meal they receive until Monday.
Children are selected by the principal and teachers at the participating schools. Every Friday, kids are given food to carry home in their backpacks. Food items are kid-friendly and require no cooking. On Monday, the kids return to school with a better and healthier foundation for learning.
The Children’s Hunger Project currently delivers about 1,200 packages of food monthly to participating schools. A package of food cost about $150 for the entire school year to feed one child.
“If we are successful in our fundraising efforts, we will be providing 4,300 packages of food monthly by the start of the next school year,” David Cohen, president of The Children’s Hunger Project board of directors said. “While this may seem ambitious, we are confident that the generosity of our community will prevail once people learn of the hunger problem existing with elementary school-age kids in our own backyard.”
The Children’s Hunger Project Participating Schools
- Discovery Elementary (Palm Bay)
- Golfview Elementary (Rockledge)
- Riviera Elementary (Palm Bay)
- Sea Park Elementary (Satellite Beach)
- Turner Elementary (Palm Bay)
The Children’s Hunger Project