Each food pack will contain enough food for one child for the weekend: two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks. There will also be a note of encouragement for each child so that we feed their spirit along with their stomach.
The Kindness Backpack Program is funded through donations and grants. Shared Harvest, which serves several counties in Southwest Ohio, is our primary food provider. Volunteers coordinate food pickup from Shared Harvest to distribute to Franklin City School District elementary school children in need.
We believe that a zip code is not a determinant of a child's potential. The Kindness Backpack team members come from diverse backgrounds and skill sets but are unified with one common purpose: to get healthy food to kids who need it, so that every child is able to reach their full potential.
We believe that food is the fuel for a child's success. A child who is hungry is statistically more likely to repeat a grade or drop out of school before they graduate. We find that simply unacceptable. Not only do our food packs provide food for a child, but we also aim to connect the child's family with other free or low-cost food sources and services.
We believe that our food packs can and should provide more than just food for a child. Our goal is to feed their spirit as well as their bodies. Each Kindness food pack will include a note of encouragement handwritten by both individuals as well as groups of volunteers. Click on the Get Involved tab to learn how you can help us help kids.