Sullivan BOCES Snack Backpack Program
“Helping the families in our community to maintain happy and healthy kids”
In the fall of 2010, the idea of Snack Back Packs was presented to the staff at Sullivan BOCES. Since then, the initiative has spread due to the overwhelming support from the staff at BOCES, the Tri-Valley Lions Club, the employees of the Misner Agency, the Teacher’s Sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa, and the Sullivan Correctional Facility. The United Way of Sullivan County also supports the program by providing supplemental funding and developing community awareness.
On average, BOCES for the past three years has sent home 35 to 50 backpacks every other week to the students in need. The backpacks are distributed on a rotating basis to students who counselors, school nurses, or other staff has identified as in need. Each pack is filled with food items that children can eat as a supplement to their dietary intake. Typically, the packs include peanut butter, crackers, granola bars, packaged meals, ramen noodles, ravioli, cereal, mac & cheese, oatmeal, and raisins.
This program has been so beneficial to the students and families that we look forward to continuing the program during the 2014-2015 school year!
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