Understanding Weekend Hunger

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Recognizing Food Insecurity
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20,000 kids
need daily lunch help

20,000 children in Seattle, including over 3,000 homeless and displaced children, receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch on school days, as part of the national school lunch program. Many of these children do not have enough to eat on weekends when school meals are not available.

Realizing the Consequences
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Hunger has
long term

Children who regularly experience hunger also experience poorer overall health, higher levels of aggression, anxiety and hyperactivity, impaired cognitive thinking and diminished capacity to learn. This often results in lower test scores, poorer academic achievement, increased school absence, tardiness and school suspensions.

Bridging the Gap
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While hunger and homelessness remain complicated problems, making sure school children have enough to eat is relatively easy. That's where we come in. Every week, Backpack Brigade distributes hundreds of weekend meal-packs to over 30 Seattle-area schools through the efforts and support of volunteers and sponsors.

Getting it Done
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of meals
each week

On Thursdays during the school year, Backpack Brigade volunteers pack bags of nutritious, easy-to-eat meals and drop them at area K-8 schools and middle schools where they are distributed to students in need. In addition, boxes of healthy snacks are delivered by our volunteer drivers to area high schools for hungry older teens. Through these volunteer packers and drivers we deliver thousands of meals each week.

Partnering with Us
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We would not exist or operate without the help of our amazing sponsors. Through the funding of generous supporters like Homestreet Bank, Windemere Foundation and The City of Seattle, we continue to ensure Seattle children are fed on weekends.

Volunteering with Us
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You can make a difference by donating, volunteering to pack or deliver, leading a food drive, donating your services or helping us find more partners to support our effort. Powered by volunteers and strengthened through donations, you can help us provide nutritious food to more of Seattle’s hungry children each weekend.