A Recipe to End Hunger


Our Mission

What We Believe

How can a child faced with food insecurity focus on solving a math problem or being a positive force in the community when they are trying to ignore the persistent pangs of hunger?  You may be able to survive without a home.  You can live without a fancy car.  But you cannot survive and thrive without a sufficient amount of food! Watching children in our own community struggle with basic needs inspired the idea behind the cookbook.

“A Recipe to End Hunger” has all the ingredients needed to help solve this problem.  We are putting all those elements together to feed our most vulnerable and needy citizens when they may be left alone to solve the issue.  Join us in raising the needed funds and support for the weekend school backpack programs in our community that deliver nutritious food children can prepare themselves over the weekend when they do not have access to free or reduced-price meals provided at school.


Ensure children facing hunger have enough food on weekends. 100% of participants receive free and reduced price breakfasts and lunches at school during the week.


Empower participants to feed themselves with nutritious food. Our registered dietician selects wholesome food that can be easily prepared by a child, including fresh fruit.


Have a broad impact on our participants’ overall well-being. Through annual survey responses, we know we achieve this goal each year.

One teacher stated:

CJ is always happy to get his backpack. His classroom participation has increased, and he is now reading on grade level. He seems to have more energy and is more involved in classroom activities. Backpack Buddy has made a difference in this child’s learning!”

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Research shows inadequate nutrition puts children at risk not only physically, but emotionally, socially and even financially, due to the cost of nutrition-related health problems. Imagine the impact:

  • One in four seven-year-olds may be more focused on trading for food than about making friends.
  • One in four eight-year-olds may be more focused on hunger pains than on their teacher’s lessons.
  • One in four nine-year-olds may be more worried about food than about grades.
  • One in four ten-year-olds may realize they don’t have what they need to keep up with their peers.

While many of these children receive free and reduced-priced meals during the week, children from food-insecure homes are  often at even greater risk of hunger over the weekend. Living in homes where access to food – and even adult supervision – is often limited, these children often fend for themselves, making due without basic, nutritious staples until the school week starts again.