The C-FC Backpack Meal Program was started in the fall of 2016 by C-FC junior, Kayla Kaczorowski, as part of her FFA Supervised Agriculture Experience on Community Development. Research has shown that good nutrition is a key factor in emotional, physical and mental health as well as school performance. The C-FC Backpack Meal Program was designed to help meet the nutritional needs of hungry children by providing meals in backpacks for children to take home during times when they would not have access to school-provided meals during the school year (weekends and extended holiday breaks).
The program is a true collaborative effort, with multiple community partners. Kayla prepares the menus, orders the food, handles publicity and solicits funding St. John’s United Church of Christ is the sponsoring agency of the program and handles the finances, stores the food, provides a location and personnel for the weekly food packs and delivers the backpacks to the school. St. John's purchases low cost food from Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire, WI, which delivers the food to the church. Local 4-H clubs and church volunteers assist with unloading, inventorying and storing the monthly food deliveries to the church. The guidance counselor at C-FC Schools maintains a confidential list of participants and is the communication link between the participants and other program partners. C-FC teachers and FFA Students help make sure participating students get their backpacks. Many businesses and individuals have provided monetary donations for the purchase of low-cost food from the food bank. The C-FC Backpack Meal Program appreciates all of its "Hunger Heroes!"