Feed the Future Backpack Project

little girl with backpackProject: Feed the Future Backpack Project (Project #55)

When the DHA and its partners decided that a strategic goal would be to improve the development, health and wellness of children in the Delta, the magnitude of the impact of Delta students’ poor nutrition on their ability to learn and succeed in developmental activities was not evident. The Feed the Future project was specifically developed to address that problem in two counties over an initial 12 month project period, both by providing immediate relief to the issue of poor nutrition on weekends and by addressing underlying problems of poor access to healthy foods. This project will feed children 3rd through 5th grade in two schools- Stampley Elementary in Clarksdale, and Brooks Elementary in Duncan. This is a a backpack program that gives children food to take home from school every Friday so that they children are getting nutrition over the weekend when they don’t have access to the breakfast and lunch programs at school.