Food For Thought Denver

Food For Thought's focus is on the alleviation of weekend hunger for students in the Denver Metro area where 90% or more of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch programs. Currently FFT delivers PowerSacks on Fridays to over 8,000 students at 28 Denver/Aurora Public Schools.

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PowerSacks

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

At Food For Thought, we believe that no child in Denver should go hungry over the weekend. Food For Thought Denver provides PowerSacks of non-perishable food bi-weekly to students at 28 Denver area schools. Discreet food pantries are operated at area High Schools as well. Our target schools are those where 90% or more of the students qualify for federal free and reduced lunch programs. Students at these schools typically come from a family with an income of $30K or less (family of 4). Each PowerSack contains approximately 10 items, which should provide roughly 2 meals for a family of four to eat over the weekend. Small snacks and ready-to-eat items are also include in the event a student is too young to cook and there is no food readily available in the home. Each PowerSack costs our organization $4. Community and corporate volunteers gather each week to pack 3,000 PowerSacks. All program expenses (except food) are underwritten by our generous Board of Directors so that all public donations are used to purchase food for the program from the Food Bank of the Rockies. Food For Thought is a 100% volunteer organization.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Teachers, Principals and parents at the schools we serve have told us that students come to school better prepared to focus and learn. Not having to worry about hunger over the weekends, help alleviate stress and allows parents to focus on other important household needs. Many students have told their teachers that without PowerSacks, they would not have had anything to eat over the weekend.

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