Bremerton Backpack Brigade
is a licensed, non-profit organization 509(a)(2)
We are endorsed by the Bremerton School District, governed by a Board of Directors, supported by local businesses & civic organizations and are facilitated exclusively by volunteers.
The Bremerton Backpack Brigade exists to provide a supplemental food source on weekends for children in need throughout the Bremerton Elementary School District.
Each week, volunteers fill backpacks with practical, shelf stable and kid friendly foods; including fresh fruit and vegetables. Those backpacks are then delivered to the schools, where the staff confidently and discreetly distributes them to the students enrolled in the program. The students return the backpacks to their school on Mondays, to be picked up and refilled for the following weekend.
Programs like ours have been shown to increase attendance, decrease behavior problems, improve concentration abilities and improve academic achievement.
Each weekday, over 65% of the students enrolled in Bremerton elementary schools are provided free or reduced price breakfast and lunch.
Due to homelessness, financial struggles and an array of other issues prevalent today, these are often the most nutritious meals children will receive all day. For some, it may be the only meals they receive each day. Struggling families often lack the resources to provide their children with that same level of nutrition the school provides on weekends.
Area teachers are increasingly concerned at the growing number of students arriving to school each Monday morning, hungry. This is where we come in.
The Bremerton Backpack Brigade exists to address that concern!
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