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Weekend Food Backpack Program

Help Homeless Students in Douglas County Schools in Parker

     Every Friday homeless students in Parker schools anxiously await the delivery of their backpacks of food for the weekend.  The backpack of food they take with them at the end of the school week provides some security these students lack and ensure they won’t go hungry through the weekend.  During the 2014/2015 school year, the Parker Task Force delivered 2305 weekend food backpacks to area schools.  The program is growing because the number of homeless students is increasing.  Eight schools participated in the program last year and more are expected to be added this year.

     Homelessness usually conjures up an image of a man in ragged clothes on a city street corner, but homelessness in Douglas County extends to families who cannot find or afford housing.  These families live with friends or relatives, often moving between homes.  Depending on the weather, they may even spend some nights in their vehicle.  The Douglas County School District has a homeless liaison employee dedicated to working with homeless students.

     The food is provided by the Parker Task Force food bank and is delivered to the school by Task Force volunteers.  Homeless students take the backpacks of weekend food with them on Friday, returning the empty backpacks the following Monday to their schools.

     You can help by donating food items. The following is a partial list of the needed items:

Canned ravioli
Ramen noodles
Instant oatmeal
Fruit snacks
Goldfish crackers
Individual microwave meals
Granola bars
Pudding cups
Juice boxes
  


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