Food2School bags are distributed during the school year to elementary students in need at M.O.E. and Manson Elementary.
Bags are available and distributed weekly by school staff. Please contact us at 509-699-9065 to be added to the list.
CONTINUING IN 2022-23:
A food pantry has been launched at both Chelan MS/HS & Manson MS/HS to support weekend food needs for teens.
If you are are a local middle/high school student needing weekend food, please contact your school counselor for more info.
WHY IS THIS NEEDED?
Did you know that over 60% of students in our valley struggle to find access to reliable meals outside of the school day? It’s true. We know that this impacts students in real ways…lack of focus, less energy, and sometimes even behavior issues can crop up when students don’t have access to proper nutrition.
To help provide some relief, Thrive Chelan Valley launched a weekend meal program called Food2Schools in 2013 which is designed to supply food insecure youth with evening and weekend meals and support their nourishment in addition to school breakfast and lunches. Since that time, it is estimated that over 20,000 meals have been served to hungry Chelan and Manson students.
Programs like this exist because of powerful partnerships. In addition to our partnerships with local school districts to deploy these resources directly to students, we have also partnered with Second Harvest (Spokane) to ensure we have the food we need to keep local bellies full. Each month, Second Harvest delivers the food we order and from there, our staff and volunteers distribute it to local schools.
This program has grown over the years as more students are made aware of the resources available. To give a snapshot of our growth…in 2019, a total of 347 bags were served to food insecure youth in the Lake Chelan valley. In 2020, that number grew to 6,316 and in 2021, over 6,800 bags were deployed. We’re projecting that by the end of 2022, close to 7,000 bags will be provided to Chelan & Manson students. We are thankful for the opportunity to make a real difference when it comes to childhood hunger.
WHAT'S IN A BAG?
Thrive has partnered with Second Harvest Spokane to find the most protein-packed, nutritious and delicious shelf-stable food items for local youth to enjoy during the weekends while they lack access to school meals.
Second Harvest works with large distributors nationwide to obtain shelf-stable food items at less-than-wholesale prices. This means that Thrive is able to stretch the donations we receive for this program and purchase even more nourishment for Chelan and Manson youth due to this partnership than we ever could on our own.
While our shipment from Second Harvest varies each month, we usually receive some of the following shelf-stable items:
- Chef Boyardee Mac & Cheese/Ravioli
- Bottled Chocolate Milk
- Applesauce Pouches
- Chicken Bites or Beef Jerky
- Yogurt Pouches
- Fruit Leather
- Whole Grain Cereal
- Animal Crackers
- Toaster Pastries/Pop-Tarts
- Pretzel Goldfish or Cheez-It Crackers