No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) is pleased to donate $1,000 to the Backpack Brigade, a Seattle Washington-based nonprofit that partners with area schools to provide better food to more of the City’s hungry children each weekend. NCGH’s donation will be used to purchase 40 bags of food per week for four weeks for the children in need in Dunlap Elementary School in Seattle.
Nichelle Hilton, executive director of Backpack Brigade, said that across all its school partners, Backpack Brigade provides weekend hunger bags to 2300 students every week.
We are so grateful to No Child Goes Hungry for supporting our program at Dunlap Elementary School,” said Hilton. “Knowing that we have funds to support all the students in Dunlap’s weekend meal program for an entire month is a gift and a relief.”
Founded in 2013 and achieving nonprofit status in 2015, Backpack Brigade has become the biggest player in the Food for Schools coalition, a group of organizations that serve more than 3,000 students in Seattle. Still, the impact is only about 17 percent of the estimated 18,000 students out of a school district population of 54,000 who receive free and reduced-price lunches.
“When Nichelle reached out to No Child Goes Hungry and shared how critically the children in the City of Seattle need consistent weekend meal support, I knew I had to help,” said Kären Rasmussen, No Child Goes Hungry Founder and Director. “Every child deserves to go to bed with a full stomach. Every meal that we can provide is a blessing, and I am grateful to community leaders like Nichelle for advocating for this crucial necessity.”
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