Over 58% of American school children receive their primary meal each day through the federal free and reduced lunch program. This raises the obvious question: What do these children eat on the weekends? BHH Backpacks addresses the critical problem by sending backpacks home each Friday with elementary school children. The backpacks contain six (6) meals, two (2) snacks and two (2) juice boxes.
FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR
Boca Helping Hands' BHH Backpacks Program reaches approximately 1,200 students in eight elementary schools who will receive a backpack for 35 weeks of the academic year. Volunteers from local faith communities and other organizations, have “adopted” these schools and have therefore committed their financial resources as well as the manpower needed to pack the backpacks each week.
Boca Helping Hands purchases the food and then delivers the appropriate amount of each item to the respective school on a weekly basis. The specific items used in the backpacks cost $6.01 per child/per week.
A large army of volunteers come to load the pallets with the appropriate food items each week.
Addison Mizner Elementary School
Boca Raton Elementary School
Coral Sunset Elementary School
Citrus Cove Elementary School
Del Prado Elementary School
J.C. Mitchell Elementary School
Orchard View Elementary School
THANK YOU TO OUR BHH BACKPACKS SPONSORS:
The Batchelor Foundaton
Boca Raton Community Church
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation
Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
Congregation B'Nai Tora
The R. Cathleen Cox McFarlane
First United Methodist
Goody Two Shoes
Grace Community Church
Hands on Tzedakah, Inc. - H.O.T.
Junior League of Boca Raton
Max & Marjorie Fisher Foundation
Office Depot Foundation
Order of St John of Jerusalem
The Salah Foundation
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
Ernst & Getrude Ticho
Van Pelt /Bass Foundation
Walmart "State Giving" Program