2018 Food 4 Thought Backpack Program Giving Campaign
Bright Futures Harrisonville kicked off its 2018 giving campaign on #GivingTuesday, November 27. The campaign’s goal is to raise $7,500 for the Food 4 Thought Backpack program by December 31. The Food 4 Thought Backpack program provides two days of child-friendly food for students over the weekend during the school year. Bright Futures relies solely on donations from individuals, churches, organizations, businesses, etc. to fund the backpack program.
It costs $2.62 each week to fill a weekend food bag. This equates to just under $100 to support one student for an entire school year and $15,000 annually to fund the program. Bright Futures seeks to raise half of this year’s funds before the end of 2018.
Donations can be mailed or dropped off at 503 S. Lexington with checks made payable to the Harrisonville Public School Foundation. All donations to the backpack program are tax deductible.
There is also an online giving option which provide donors an easy way to give.
Using the online giving page, donors can select your donation amount and frequency. Donors can make a one-time donation to support a student for two months, six months, or a full year. Or donors can choose your donation amount and set up monthly or quarterly donations.
Donors who prefer to give food can do that as well. The list of items used each week in the Food 4 Thought Backpack program is as follows - Granola Bars, Fruit Cups, Pudding Cups, Fruit Snacks, Mac-n-Cheese (individual bags/bowls), Peanut Butter, Ramen Noodles, and Chef Boy-ar-dee Single Serving Microwave bowls. Items may be dropped off at the District Admin Office, 503 S. Lexington.
Each week a group of volunteers fill bags of food for 150-175 students. To schedule a time to bring a group to fill backpacks, contact Jill Filer at 380-2727, ext. 1224. Groups should include 5-7 adults and it takes approximately 45 minutes to complete the work.
Bright Futures Harrisonville strives to help students achieve success by matching student needs with resources through partnerships between the schools and the community.
Those partnership areas include faith-based, social/human services, businesses, and parents and volunteers will be asked to give of their "time, talent, and treasure" to help children.
The Bright Futures initiative goals are to build relationships, provide for individual needs, and ensure every child has the tools they need to be successful students who in turn become productive and self-sustaining citizens, loving parents, responsible neighbors, and outstanding employees.
Through its organizational structure, Bright Futures provides a framework for expanding current programs such as the Food 4 Thought backpack program, Stuff the Bus school supply drive, and Cats Closet, as well as initiating new programs to support students.
Bright Futures strives to meet individual student's basic needs using Facebook as a rapid response system. The goal is to meet any student's need within 24 hours. To become a fan, go to www.facebook.com/BrightFuturesHarrisonville
Bright Futures Councils at each school include representatives from each of the partnership areas and will meet regularly with school personnel to assess and develop plans to meet the needs of the school and its students.
Contact us at email@example.com or 380-2727, ext. 1224
Celebrating Our Success
2016-17 By the Numbers
- Food 4 Thought Backpack Program- 215 students were served throughout the 2016-2017 school year totaling 5,717 bags of food sent home
- Just 4 ME Summer Food Program- served 64 students during the 2017 summer
- School Supplies- 335 students
- Clothing- 312 students
- Shoes- 270 students
- Winter Coats- 54 students
- Hygiene Supplies- 410 students
- Household Items- 16 students
- Holiday Assistance- 147 children (birth to age 18)
- Prom Closet- 35 students
- Books to students for summer reading