The Backpack Program, known in Spanish as “Mochila Alegre” provides weekend meals for elementary-aged students who need supplemental nutrition throughout the weekend. This program falls under the auspices of Feed America and the “Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico” (The Food Bank of PR).
Each week, the volunteers of the Backpack Program pack over 30 backpacks for students at the Juanillo Fuentes Elementary School in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. We need lots of hands to help pack and distribute the backpacks. In addition, we need volunteers to assist in picking up food once a month at the Banco de Alimentos (Food Bank), storing food in our pantry and maintaining inventory.
Donations for the Backpack Program are always appreciated! If you would like to contribute in some way, please contact Christie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are items used for the Backpack Program which we recommend: tuna, canned pasta (i.e. Chef Boyardee), fruit cups, canned beans, Macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, soup, vienna sausage, canned corned beef, juices and juice drinks, crackers, cereal, milk (shelf stable), protein bars, trail mix in individual servings, raisins, nuts, muffins, bread, etc.
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Isaiah 58:7
In addition to providing the students with food, we also offer tutoring to the students on Wednesday afternoon in the school library. This is offered free of charge, and we are grateful
to those volunteers to help out with this program. We always need more tutors, as our goal is to have a one on one student to teacher ratio. Again for more information contact Christie at email@example.com.
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