Weekend backpack programs supply participating schools with nutritious, kid-friendly, self-serve food designed to fit into a child’s backpack and feed a child over the weekend during the school year. Children identified by school personnel as being at risk of hunger receive approximately two meals worth of food each Friday. There are several groups that work directly with WTFB to feed children over the weekend, when they are most at risk of hunger. The cost of a food bag averages about $4.
•Food 2 Kids a new 501©3 supplies participating Ector County Independent School District schools. In the 2010-2011 school year the program provided almost 35,000 bags to several schools in Odessa.
•Crestview Cares, a program out of Crestview Baptist Church, provided food bags to close to 8,000 bags Jane Long Elementary in Midland Independent School District during the 2010-2011 school year and summer. Golf Course Church of Christ Midland teamed with the program in December 2011, providing an additional 50 bags per week.
•Blessings in Backpack, a program through First United Methodist Church Midland, provided 3,100 bags for Pease Elementary in Midland ISD in 2010-2011.
•Saint Paul United Methodist Church of Midland has begun supplying Anson Jones Elementary in Midland ISD with 30 bags per week.