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Packs for Kids at Eckstein Middle School

Packs for Kids is a food support program at Eckstein that provides weekend meals for hungry kids. This year Packs for Kids provides support for more than 80 Eckstein students by sending them home with a bag of kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare food each Friday. Eckstein PTSA, in cooperation with the University District Food Bank, started the program in 2011 when staff began noticing more students coming to school hungry on Monday mornings.

How Does Packs for Kids Work?

Packs for Kids was generously supported by a grant through the University District Food Bank, but the funding ended in January 2013. Eckstein is seeking funding from the school community and local businesses in order to continue this important student support program.

How YOU Can Support Packs for Kids at Eckstein:

  1. Make a donation of any amount
  2. Sponsor one student's food backpack for the rest of the school year with a donation of $130
  3. Sponsor one week of food bags for all Eckstein students in the program with a donation of $485

Donating is easy. To donate online:

  • Go to the University District Food Bank at http://www.udistrictfoodbank.org
  • Click "Donate Now"
  • Find Packs for Kids under "Please direct my gift toward" and type "Eckstein" in the comments section

To donate by mail:

  • Send a check payable to Eckstein PTSA/Packs for Kids to Eckstein Middle School, Attn: LauraLeigh Young, 3003 NE 75th St, Seattle WA 98115

For more information:

Background:

One in four children in Washington state lives in a household where there is not enough food for everyone to eat (source: Northwest Harvest), and the number of hungry families at Eckstein Middle School is increasing. More than 300 Eckstein students count on receiving breakfast and lunch at school, and some of those students have insufficient food available at home on the weekends.

Each week Eckstein volunteers pick up the food from the University District Food Bank and fill 80+ backpacks with weekend food (like cup-a-soup, granola bars, oranges, juice boxes, oatmeal packets, individual canned meals, shelf-stable milk, fruit cups, trail mix and basic hygiene supplies like soap, shampoo and toothpaste). Every Friday after school, participating students pick up their bags. This year the University District Food Bank has launched weekend food support programs in several other neighborhood schools.based on Eckstein's successful program.

We also welcome donations of these Packs for Kids items:

  • Cup-A-Soup
  • Canned soup
  • Flip-top cans of pasta, ravioli, beef stew, etc.
  • Single-size macaroni & cheese
  • Trail mix
  • Granola bars or energy bars
  • Snack crackers
  • Applesauce cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Single-size cereal boxes
  • Dried fruit, fruit leather or fruit snacks
  • Juice boxes
  • Shelf stable individual milk or chocolate milk boxes
  • Oranges, mandarin oranges, apples or baby carrots

New, unopened toiletry items:

  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
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