In Miami Dade County, 248,264 children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. What happens when they go home over the weekend?
Caring For Miami’s Backpack Program provides children in need with bags of nutritious food they can take home and easily prepare on their own.
At Caring For Miami we are continually developing new strategies to meet the needs of children in our community.
You can be a Champion of the Backpack Program with a monthly gift of $25. For just $25 a month you can help to provide access to life-changing benefits by providing kids with the nutrients they need on the weekends so they show up on Monday morning healthy and ready to learn.
Your gift multiplied
When you give to the Backpack Program your monthly donation is pooled for maximum effectiveness! This means, Caring For Miami brings additional funds from other sources, multiplying the value of your gift. These resources, combined with the help of Caring For Miami staff, partners and the local community, ensure that children in the Backpack Program will receive meals weekly to provide hunger free weekends.
Real lives impacted
We serve REAL children who live right here in Miami Dade County. We work with Miami Dade County Public Schools to identify children in Title I schools whose families income is at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level. With the help of school counselors and administration children in most need are invited to partake in the program. We keep annual data and logs on each individual child but will never reveal their identity.
Through our monthly newsletter you’ll receive updates on our progress and the impacts your gift has made possible. You’ll see how we work with local partners, families, educators, and community leaders to help create access to nutritious meals for children in our community. You’ll also learn of new and ongoing ways to get involved as a volunteer to support packing events and meal deliveries.
Be a part of providing hunger-free weekends to children in your community by becoming a Champion today.