What Your Money Means to Families Recieving Backpacks
Some of you may wonder if your donation actually makes a difference to a child who needs the support of The Idaho Food Bank's Backpack Program. Read for yourself some of the quotes from the kids, their parents along with teachers and school counselors.
87% of the kids surveyed said they like getting food from the backpack program.
74% of kids said there was enough food to get them through the weekend.
85% of kids said they shared the food with their family.
73% of kids said the program makes them very happy.
89% parents said the backpack program affected their family in a positive way.
90% of parents agreed that the program helped stretch their household dollars to be used for other critical family needs.
64% of parents said the program made a positive difference in the well-being of their child.
Quotes from kids who participate in the Backpack program:
“Sometimes my mom can't go to the store because she doesn't have that much money.”
“I live in a trailer in my friend’s back yard so I have very little snacks.”
“It tastes good and we will have more to eat and not starve.”
“When we stay alone at the house we have something to cook.”
“It helps us when we don't have enough food to eat.”
“My family is poor so we have to use as little as money as we can.”
“Now I have food on the weekend at my house.’
Quotes from Parents involved in the Backpack Program
“It really helps me in difficult times and my kids really enjoy getting them. They get so excited.”
“We do not get food stamps and typically only have $50 a week to spend on groceries. It helps more than I can explain.”
“My children feel a little independent as well as relieves some financial stress from me.”
“It helps so much with food especially when we don't have any. Thank you.”
Quotes from teachers and counselors involved with the Backpack program.
“There is a young man and his sister whom the teacher has said they have really improved with participation in the classroom. Also the young man has commented on how nice it is to finally have food in the house.”
“We have one student that getting a backpack every week is a confidence builder for him. He is a student who has been targeted for bullying in the past. It is his personal way of being empowered because he knows others want the food and he gets it. Mostly this program lets the children know that someone cares.”
You've heard us say it over and over. "But there for the grace of God go any one of us". Most of us are all one medical emergency, job loss or family death away from being hungry or needing assistance. Truly every dollar does count.