Backpack Society was started in 2019 with a mission to alleviate hunger among school children in Douglas County, Colorado. With dignity and respect to the participants of Backpack Society, administration, volunteers, and the community alike we will provide these children with supplemental nutrition on the weekends that they otherwise would go without.
Research proves that hunger in school children leads to poor school performance, anxiety, nervousness, and a lowered amount of social interaction among their peers. A program that fills the gap of meals that are not provided on the weekend could potentially lessen these negative problems and sustain healthy developmental growth.
Backpack Society plans to address the needs at ThunderRidge High School first. ThunderRidge is a school that has 117 children eligible for the Federally Subsidized Free or Reduced Lunch Program (as of the latest reports available). We hope to instill inspiration within others in the community through our program in the hopes that they would help us fight the issue at hand. By inspiring hope, we wish to gain enough support to reach all ThunderRidge feeder schools and eventually the entire Douglas County School District.