In Floyd County, 47.5% 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 Back Pack 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.
The program served an average of 174 children per week at the Floyd County schools and the NRCA Head Start program during the 2015-16 school year. The program has served 173 children as of February 2017.