Adopt a Buddy!
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Years ago, the Buddy Pack program started in five schools in three counties. Back then, the food could easily be supplied from what was already on our warehouse floor.
Since that time, the program has grown to provide for 6,600 students 28 counties. And in order to get the right mix of nutritious products for those children, The Food Bank must purchase the items wholesale instead of relying on irregular donations. This makes the Buddy Pack program the most expensive program The Food Bank operates and the need is far from being completely met.
With the rise in food and fuel costs, The Food Bank estimates it will cost $180 to provide one child with a Buddy Pack for an entire school year. This makes The Food Bank’s total cost about $1.19 million a year.
But seeing the joy in a little girl’s face when she gets her Buddy Pack on Friday, or hearing her older brother sigh with relief about not having to worry about her weekend food needs, puts the cost in perspective. One out of every four children in The Food Bank’s service area do not always know where they will get their next meal. Children need nutrition to grow and learn and The Food Bank is committed to feed those in need.
With your continued help, we can make a difference. Please consider “Adopting a Buddy” to help one child in your community with weekend nutrition. All it takes is $15 each month to provide one Buddy Pack for an entire school year.
YOU CAN CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE!
Make a one time donation of $180 today!
Once you have entered your information, you will be given the option to choose your county.