News Release

  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

For Immediate Release

​Ann Cooper, BVSD Director of Food Services - 720-561-5042

BVSD Communications - 720-561-5825


BVSD No Student Hungry: Weekend Nutrition Bag Program

Photo Opportunities - Bag Packing on April 26 and Bag Distribution on April 29

The Boulder Valley School District’s Food Services Department is teaming up with the YMCA of Boulder Valley, Community Food Share, Mr. Gordon Gamm, and the staff and teachers of four BVSD schools to offer a supply of nutritious ingredients for meals and snacks for students to take home over the weekend and extended breaks, free of charge. Site liaisons and other school staff distribute more than 250 bags on the last day of school before a weekend or break.

Piloted during the 2014-15 school year, the goal of the program is to alleviate childhood hunger in students in BVSD. Weekly bag contents include healthy food items such as organic brown rice, pasta, organic canned tomatoes, dried pinto beans, healthy snacks, and a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables such as apples, oranges, grapefruit, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, and onions. Bags are also supplied with nutrition education information including BVSD's Harvest of the Month produce trading cards, recipes using bag ingredients, and information and resources from our partner organizations.

Media are invited to observe bag packing at the BVSD Ed Center
and distribution at Alicia Sanchez International Elementary School.
    • Bag packing: Tuesday, April 26 at 3 p.m.
      (BVSD Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Road, Boulder)
    • Bag distribution: Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m.
      (Alicia Sanchez Elementary School, 655 Sir Galahad Dr., Lafayette)

Learn about the initiative and the benefits to BVSD preschool families and students.
Meet the BVSD staff packing the bags every week and observe our process.
Interact with the preschool teachers, students and families receiving the bags.

Among the attendees on Friday will be Mr. Gordon Gamm, local philanthropist, attorney, and founder of the Boulder International Humanist Institute; Dr. Bruce Messinger, BVSD Superintendent; Chef Ann Cooper, BVSD Director of Food Services; Michelle Orge, Community Food Share Executive Director; Susan Coker, YMCA of Boulder Valley Marketing Director; and Lora De La Cruz, Principal of Sanchez Elementary School.

Michelle Orge, Executive Director of Community Food Share explained, “We are proud to partner with Boulder Valley School District on this unique backpack program. Thanks to BVSD’s impressive nutrition standards, students go home with fresh produce, organic snacks, and staple pantry items like canned fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods. Our support of this program is representative of our goal to address childhood and family hunger year-round. Sanchez students who receive backpacks of food throughout the year will have access to a weekly mobile pantry this summer that we will operate in collaboration with Sister Carmen Community Center.”

“The YMCA is honored to be a part of an incredible collaboration that helps nourish and support local children every day of the week,” said Chris Coker, CEO/President of the YMCA of Boulder Valley. “The health and wellbeing of our community’s children is our driving force, and helping to fund this program and partnering with BVSD was an easy decision to make. There are children in our community who are truly in need. We hope to make life for them a little bit easier.”

Forty-three percent of the food insecure children in Boulder County are likely ineligible for the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program or other federally funded nutrition assistance programs – due to household incomes 185 percent+ of Federal Poverty Level.1 Given federal guidelines, these families would not qualify for government food assistance programs such as SNAP or WIC, yet their households are still “food-insecure.” This is in addition to the 13.9 percent of children in Boulder County and 12.5 percent of children in Broomfield County already participating in food assistance programs, indicating a higher level of need than that represented.2

“This preschool program was intended to ensure that no infant child in our city would be malnourished as a model for other cities in our state, and ultimately in our nation,” added Gordon Gamm.

  1 Status of Children Report 2015 Colorado Children’s Campaign – Statistics by County.
  2 Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap, Data by County, 2013.

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