BROWN COUNTY WEEKEND BACKPACKS, INC.
Less Hunger, More Learning!
THE NEED IS SIMPLE:
MANY BROWN COUNTY KIDS ARE HUNGRY EVERY DAY, AND WEEKENDS
In Brown County, 1 of every 5 children lives in poverty, and 1 of every 3 households struggles to afford the basic necessities, including food.
(Source: Kids Count in Indiana 2017 Data Book, calendar year 2015 and United Way ALICE Report—2016 Update for Indiana)
HUNGRY KIDS STRUGGLE IN SCHOOL
Children who do not eat regular, nutritious meals are more likely to be in poor health and struggle in school.
For many of these children, a school breakfast or lunch may be the only meals they can count on eating during the week.
(Source: Feeding America website)
BROWN COUNTY WEEKEND BACKPACKS
FILLS THE FOOD GAP
The Brown County Weekend Backpacks program helps children get through the weekends by providing a backpack containing 6 nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals plus a snack to students in families struggling with hunger. Eating well on weekends helps kids come to school each Monday ready to learn.
BCWB: WE TURN HUNGER FOR FOOD INTO HUNGER TO LEARN
Imagine the impact we would have on students, families, and our community if every child had regular, nutritious meals every day!
BACKPACK PROGRAM NEWS
Stories, Awards, and other Noteworthy Accomplishments
GLORIA BERRYMAN AND DEBBIE KELLEY
NAMED 2018 VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR!
Two other BCWB board members, Gloria Berryman and Debbie Kelley, were also recognized at the Community Foundation annual meeting for their volunteer work across the community. Gloria was nominated by the Brown County Guardian Ad Litem program, and Debbie was nominated by the Brown County Literacy Program. Congratulations to Gloria and Debbie!
NAMED 2018 BROWN COUNTY
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
BCWB founding board member and President Jan Swigert was recognized for her outstanding volunteer leadership at the Brown County Community Foundation's annual meeting on June 21, 2018. She was nominated by BCWB co-founder Linda Todd. In addition to leading the board, Jan helps pack 100+ backpacks each Wednesday during the school year.
Jan is an active volunteer outside BCWB, including the Retired Teachers Association (past president), Friends of the Library (past president), and League of Women Voters (board member). She is a judge at the Sprunica Elementary School Science Fair, and volunteers with Reality Store each year. Jan is active in several roles with the Nashville United Methodist Church.