In Floyd County, around 50% of school children are eligible for free or reduced-cost meals at school. Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children.
Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development; lack of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement, and future potential. Economically disadvantaged children are often innocent victims of their circumstances.
With funding from the Empty Bowls event, local foundations and private donors, the NRCA Floyd County BackPack Program helps eligible school children receive nutritious, easy-to-prepare food they need for the weekends.
Each week NRCA volunteers purchase, pack, and deliver the food to the five Floyd County schools and NRCA’s Head Start Program. School staff then discretely distribute the food to participating children.
Each week 10 food Items are sent home with 204 children in Floyd County, 7,500 food packages in a school year!
The average cost per week is $625, for an estimated annual cost of $23,000 to fund this program.