Available at the elementary schools in the South Glens Falls School District. Children are able to work on homework, socialize with friends, play games, participate in craft activities , and play in the gym and outdoors.
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More than 21 million children qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat.
What happens when they go home over the weekend?
The BackPack Program helps alleviate child hunger by discreetly providing hungry children with backpacks full of nutritious and easy to prepare food on Friday afternoons so they have food to eat throughout the weekend.
Since the 2010, the Moreau Community Center has partnered with the South Glens Falls Central School District along with other volunteers to offer the Back Pack Program. The food is purchased through grant monies at the Regional Food Bank in Latham, New York. On Friday mornings, several volunteers pack the backpacks with shelf-stable food for the weekend. The food is then delivered to the elementary schools where 80-100 children identified by the School District as “chronically hungry” receive the backpacks at dismissal time on Friday afternoons. The program is known as the “Nutritional Nuggets” and pitched as a nutrition program to lessen the stigma for the children in the program.
For all of us concerned about hunger, “facts” are what we need to know. The “facts” make hunger and food insecurity a cause we can advocate for. Kids care less about the facts and figures. Kids know that they are hungry and want to know that someone cares about them—that while their families are struggling, others in their community are taking notice and, with compassion, are willing to help. More than anything, we want to replace their sadness with a sense of hope. We want these children to know that their community is taking notice and is doing what it can to ensure they can just simply eat.
Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. Ask yourself how productive or focused can you be at school, work or spending time with your family when you are hungry; Belly grumbles for some are part of their everyday life.
In the United States today, nearly 16 million children face hunger. Consequently, one in five kids are facing greater obstacles to reaching their fullest potential. The future of America lies in our children. When hunger threatens the future of a child, it threatens the future of our nation as well.
In Our Community:
Bringing it closer to home, within the SGF School District’s Elementary buildings alone, the percentages of students economically disadvantaged as calculated from the free and reduced lunch applications are as follows:
Harrison Avenue Elementary School: 44%
Moreau Elementary School: 33%
Tanglewood Elementary School: 25%
Ballard Elementary School: 24%
Back Pack Program 2017-2018 Numbers:
Total bags distributed: 2,641
Equivalent meals distributed: 15,846
Pounds of food distributed (excluding fresh produce): 27,132
Pounds of fresh produce distributed: 897
Average weight of bags (in pounds): 10.6
About the meals:
Each week, participating students receive:
- 2 breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal packets, graham crackers, granola bars)
- 3 entrees (mac & cheese, PB&J, Spaghetti O’s, tuna, soup, etc.)
- A loaf of bread or a shelf-stable grain
- Fruit – fresh whenever possible
- 2 snacks (cookies, popcorn, pudding, etc.)
- A Milk card for a gallon of milk (every other week)
- Egg card for a dozen eggs (every other week)
- Canned Vegetables (once a month)
“I like the backpack club because there is good food, healthy food, and something new every week. It helps Mom not have to worry about food.” – a student
“This is a lifeline for many families” – a teacher
“Students in my classroom have anxiety about weekends and I think this program helps to alleviate some of that stress because they know they will have food to eat.” – a teacher
“I’m a single mom of two and work a lot of hours and do not qualify for food stamps, every little bit helps.” – parent
Funding sources since 2010 have included the SGF Marathon Dance, Glens Falls Foundation, South Glens Falls Rotary, local Boy Scout Troops and churches, the Carol Wright PEP Grant, the South Glens Falls Education Foundation, and individual donations by community members.
Funding for future school years is always appreciated. We hope to sustain and expand this worthwhile program in the coming years. This is truly a paragon of community partnerships working together to meet an outstanding need.
With your help, we can provide more food to more children in need.
We currently serve 100 students.
TO BE A SUPPORTER OF THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM, CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON BELOW!
The gratitude we have for all of our generous supporters is immeasurable, and your contribution will help to keep the children in our community from experiencing the pangs of hunger!
For more information contact Jennifer Rich at
518-792-6007, ext. 17 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
When school breaks for the summer, many of the youth in our community find themselves with little to do. Camp Moreau continues to alleviate that boredom and lack of positive stimulation. At Camp, summer is filled with field trips, swimming and outdoor fun, including nature and science-based educational sessions, sports, crafts, and a chance to make to new friends! Learning doesn’t have to stop just because school is out, and Camp Moreau makes it a blast!
Open to children ages 5-12 during summer vacation. We are able to accept 4 year old children who will be attending Kindergarten that September.
To make payments for your child’s camp fee or trip fees click below.
Sisters and volunteers, Marge and Dee, help out with organizing the Back to School supplies!
Remember the excitement of the first day of school with your new notebooks, pencils & backpack?
Because of you, we are able to share that memory by helping families meet their children’s school needs.
In 2017, 63 children (K-5) in the South Glens Falls School District were helped thanks to local businesses, organizations and individual donations. With your support we are able to supply backpacks, paper, pencils, crayons, etc. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile project, please make your donations payable to the Moreau Community Center, earmarked “Back to School Program”. In-Kind donations from the student supply list below will be accepted at the Center in August for the 2019-2020 school year.
Backpacks, pencil boxes, Crayola crayons, scissors, glue sticks, Elmer’s glue, B&W composition or wide ruled spiral notebooks, pink erasers, wide ruled lined paper, blue or black pens, solid colored folders, markers.
Recipient applications will be available at the Moreau Community Center between 8am & 4pm, beginning Monday, July 1, 2019.
For more information, contact Rosemary at 518-792-6007, ext. 12.
2019-2020 School Year Registration Open Houses:
Thursday, March 7th, 9:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday, April 9th, 9:30am – 11:30am
Thursday, April 18th, 9:30am – 11:30am
If these dates do not work, call Mrs. Jennifer Smith at 518-792-6007, ext. 15 to set up an appointment!
This year the Moreau Preschool offers two classes:
- Four-day morning class for 3-4 year olds
- Three-day afternoon class for 3-4 year olds
Taught by Mrs. Jennifer Smith who has a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, with classroom assistant Lisa Lindstrand.
A Letter to Mrs. Smith, Preschool Teacher
We wanted to tell you how thankful we are for you as Mckenna’s teacher this year. You came very highly recommended, but the past few months this program and you have blown away our expectations. Mckenna has always been a very shy little girl, but the leaps and bounds she’s made since September have been absolutely incredible! Each day she looks forward to school, which is a huge sense of relief for us. We are excited to see her keep progressing through the school year!
-Jen, Brian, & Mckenna
Through our Backpack program we serve up to 120 children weekly during the school year with weekend food. Recipients are identified through the school administration and usually these children are also recipients of the free and reduced lunch program. During the school year these children have programs to assist them with food where they otherwise may not have any.
The question is what do they do over the summer?
During the summer, the family’s food budget stretches for their school age children who are now home for 3 meals a day – 7 days a week. This is a challenge for our under-resourced families already struggling in many ways.
THUS THE SUMMER LUNCH BUNCH PROGRAM.
The summer of 2018, over a 10 week period, we provided over 2,000 nutritional lunches for children in need, working collaboratively with the SGF School District to grow awareness and let the children know they are welcome for a free lunch. From June 25th through August 31st, volunteers prepared and served a site-based lunches and once a week food baskets that were delivered directly to their homes. All children under the age of 18 are welcome. The Site Based at the Center opens from 11am – 1pm. Along with their lunch all children are invited to stay and enjoy the company of others, play games or take part in other free programs we will have to offer. As part of our 2018 program, volunteers delivered to approved and qualified to children in neighborhoods further out in the town’s borders. Parents and families can apply through their school nurse in the Spring for the 2019 deliveries. Call the Center, 518-792-6007, ext. 16, if you have questions. CLICK HERE FOR THE 2019 APPLICATION!
Support for this program will enable us to continue to provide the onsite and delivered lunches in 2019. We thank you for your generosity.
Volunteers Make this Program Successful
Volunteers will be scheduled to work from 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday for the site base program. We welcome volunteer groups and individuals to assist with the preparation, packing weekly boxes, keeping food inventory, shopping, delivery, serving, clean up and many other pieces to make this program a success. Additional volunteers are always needed.
$4 will sponsor one lunch for one child for one day; $20 will sponsor one child for one week; $200 will sponsor one child for 10 weeks. Based on figures shared from other organizations that hold similar programs, we anticipate the 2019 Summer Lunch Bunch Program to cost approximately $11,000. Any and all amounts are appreciated along with IN-Kind donations. Please call the Center for a list of foods and items needed.
To volunteer, support or have further questions, please contact Kelly Obermayer, 792-6007 ext 16 or email@example.com
Moreau Community Center 144 Main Street SGF, NY 12803