Did you know that ONE IN FIVE CHILDREN in Nebraska and western Iowa under the age of 18 IS AT RISK FOR HUNGER?
(Food Bank of the Heartland)
The Woolf Pack Fund, named for its founder, has made its mission to provide supplemental food to the youth in need in our community. Our vision is to help eliminate hunger and close the meal gap.
The Woolf Pack Fund will provide support to students at two Omaha Public Schools: Western Hills Elementary and Benson West Elementary. Based off of 2018 data, 250 out of 331 students and 400 out of 498 students, respectively, qualify for free and reduced lunch. Both schools receive support from the Food Bank for the Heartland’s backpack program but it is not near enough. The need for supplemental food has greatly increased due to COVID.
“Like many North Omaha families, Benson West families were intensely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families were forced out of work and unable to provide for their children,” said Megan Seeley, the school social worker. “With the help from the backpack program, this will alleviate some stressors and help to bridge the gap between meals for our students and families.”
The program will run from September through May and is geared to target young children with limited parental supervision at home. Bags will be packed weekly by volunteers and taken to the school for the teachers to place into the student’s backpacks on Friday. The bags will contain 2 shelf stable milks, a fruit cup, a juice box, 2 cereals and 2 entrees.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The goal of the Woolf Pack Fund is to provide supplemental meals to 50 additional students at each school. In order to complete this goal we are trying to raise $23,500.00. The cost of food and bags to provide supplemental food to 1 student for the entire school year is $235.00.
Use the button below to link to our secure donation form.