To feed hungry children on the weekends so they come to school ready to learn.
The "Backpack Program" is a United Way of Cass County initiative that began in the fall of 2008. It is a feeding program that sends weekend backpacks of food home with eligible students from participating Cass County Schools. Statistics and data tell us that children in food deprived homes struggle with learning. Additionally, the oldest person typically cooking in those homes is 12. This program provides kid friendly food to sustain a family of four for the weekend. Backpacks are returned on Monday to be refilled the following week. Schools currently participating are K-2 at Logansport, as well Thompson Elementary and Galveston Elementary.
Food Finders plans the menu's and all food is purchased through them. You can support this program with your donation to the United Way of Cass County designating the Backpack Program as your memo. Please note which school you prefer to support. Food drives for specific food items are also very helpful. Backpacks are packed weekly throughout the school year. For more information, contact Joyce Mayhill, Executive Director of the United Way of Cass County. 574-753-3533.