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12/18/2017
For Immediate Release
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No Student Hungry: Weekend Nutrition Bag program helps BVSD families

Piloted in three BVSD preschools in 2014-15, program has now expanded to 11 schools

Many people see Boulder Valley as an affluent place. On some levels, that is true. But another sad fact is that more than 10 percent of people in Boulder County are living in poverty* and, for them, good food can be hard to get. Boulder Valley School District has teamed up with community partners to help.
* https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/bouldercountycolorado#viewtop

With food from Community Food Share and support from YMCA of Boulder Valley, nearly 500 bags of fresh food and pantry staples are currently being distributed weekly through BVSD to families in need.

food bags filling 3x5 captioned.jpgThis school year, food bags began going out on September 22 through the preschool program at BVSD. Bus drivers give the food to parents when they pick up their preschoolers from the buses each Friday. Additional food bags are distributed at Arapahoe Campus and to select high-need groups at other schools.

“Thank you School Food Project!” said Carmen Faucette, Community Liaison for Arapahoe Campus in BVSD. “The students and parents here at Arapahoe Ridge High School are very appreciative of this initiative. Our students always ask me on Friday, ‘What’s in the green bags today?’ Students welcome the healthy snacks every week, and parents appreciate the recipe ideas!”

This food bag program was piloted in three BVSD preschools during the 2014-15 school year with the help of a generous donation from the Gordon Gamm Family.

FoodBagProgram2017-Child-3x5.jpgBVSD has more than 31,000 students. The number of BVSD students who qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch program in 2017-18 is 19.4 percent. Judging from the statistics, approximately 6000 of BVSD’s students may be food insecure. Given the rapid growth in the number of bags going out in these past three months (from 273 to 481 a week), the district has reason to hope the program can eventually expand to meet the expected need among families in the BVSD community.

Logistics and funding are key issues to ensuring that success.

The BVSD School Food Project recently received some funding from the 2017 Health Equity Advisory Committee (HEAC) for the No Student Hungry: Weekend Nutrition Bag program. SFP has applied for a  grant to fully fund the bag program through December 2018. The requested funds would be generated by the new Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax in the City of Boulder.

“We are grateful to the City of Boulder for helping to fund the Weekend Nutrition Bag program,” said Ann Cooper, BVSD Food Services Director. “Students need to eat well in order to learn well. We at the BVSD School Food Project are dedicated to improving the health of each student by providing healthy food and offering nutrition education programs to grow young bodies and minds. “

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Recent News Coverage of the Food Bag Program at BVSD:
Denver 7 News - Nov. 6
Denver 7 Holiday Heroes 2017
Boulder Valley's Food Bag Program at Alicia Sanchez International


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