History and Mission:
In January of 2016, the Bobcat Backpacks Program was created as an autonomous program run by community members under the Belle Heth PSA (a 501c3 charity organization). Because of the partnership with Belle Heth PSA, the Bobcat Backpacks Program was then able to apply for grants, become a Feeding America partner agency, and accept financial donations as a tax deductible organization.
For the 2016-17 school year, 100+ children were identified as "food inscure" by their principals and guidance counselors. These RCPS students started receiving reliable, substansive, nutritious, and palatable food. These children already receive Free or Reduced Cost meals during the school week and are not being served over the weekend by any other food programs. This summer we will be joining with the Radford Summer Feeding Program to provide weekend food to any families with food insecurity.
We meet every Thursday at the Presbyterian Church of Radford where our food is safely stored, to pack backpacks with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and snacks. Bags are delivered to all four Radford City Public Schools every Friday. We also stock snack pantries at the elementary schools and food pantries at the intermediate and high school for children who are hungry during the school day.
Bobcat Backpacks relies on the generosity of individuals, church and community groups, businesses, and grants for donations of food or funds. We hope to increase the number of students we serve as well as maintain and improve the nutritional value of the food we're able to send home. Local food drives and fundraisers are what make Bobcat Backpacks able to provide this service throughout the year.
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