The Need for the C-FC Backpack Meals Program

Please watch the following video and read below to find out why the C-FC Backpack Meals Program is so important.

The Need

Many children living in Western Wisconsin are food insecure. According to the USDA, food insecurity "is a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food." In 2015-16 at Cochrane-Fountain City Schools, 222 students (almost one-third of the school enrollment) qualified for free and reduced lunch through the school lunch program. For some children, school meals are their main source of nutrition. They may struggle to get nutrition on weekends or extended breaks from school. Studies have 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 is intended to replace meals during times when children would not have access to school-provided meals during the school year. For more information about food insecurity and its effects, please click on the following links: