Weekend Meal Deal (buddy bag program) are asking for your help with an initiative in our community. The Weekend Meal Deal program began in 2012, in collaboration with Food Finders Food Bank to provide weekend food for children. The program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, especially on weekends.
The Weekend Meal Deal program provides backpacks of food to Elmwood, Pipe Creek Elementary, and North Miami for all Head Start and Preschool children who meet the federal guidelines for assistance. Currently provided 98 backpacks in 2018.
Did you know that over the last few years the poor economy has resulted in one in every eight Americans needing food assistance? In Peru alone, it is one in seven! The Weekend Meal Deal program is specifically aimed at students who are experiencing critical periods of growth and development, whereby even mild malnutrition deficits may lead to reductions in physical growth and impaired brain function.
We are seeking sponsors, donors, and volunteers to help support the program and fund the expansion. A donation of $130 will cover the cost of a Buddy Bag for one child for 37 weeks during the school year. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor an individual, provide a memorial, or develop a family project.
Sponsorships are being offered for a donation of $500 for a business or $130 per child per year. For your sponsorship donation, Weekend Meal Deal will proudly display your business name and/or logo in all Weekend Meal Deal marketing materials, promotions, and press releases throughout the school year. However, any amount is appreciated. In addition to monetary donations, volunteers are needed to help pack the backpacks weekly.
Your kind consideration to sponsor or volunteer for the Weekend Meal Deal is GREATLY APPRECIATED! Enclosed is a sponsorship form for making donations.
Anna Jo McKaig & Debi Wallick
The Weekend Meal Deal Steering Committee