Send Childhood Hunger Packing!





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Kalispell

Total Budget: $5,500

Area of Focus: Maternal and child health

Activity Type: Health: General

Summary: Provide a total of 1,200 weekend 'food packs' for local school children whose families suffer from food insecurity; learn about hunger in our community from experts in related fields; host a week-long public awareness campaign to educate our community

According to its statistics, the Flathead Food Bank served 4,500 unduplicated households and 10,000 individuals last year. Food insecurity is an increasing reality for families in the Flathead Valley. Kalispell Public Schools report that one in five children suffer from food insecurity, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from unless it is provided at school. The Rotary Club of Kalispell (RCK) wishes to help our Flathead Food Bank and Kalispell School District address the increasing needs of local school children whose families suffer from food insecurity. For the past 7 years, the Food Bank has provided weekend "backpacks" for children identified by their schools as eligible for special food assistance. The number of children registered for weekend backpacks has doubled in the last 2 years and the trend is growing upward. Almost 13,000 food packs have been distributed thus far in the school year, and more schools are asking for assistance.

The Rotary Club of Kalispell proposes to do the following:

1. Provide nutritious and easy-to-prepare food for school children to take home on weekends and during school vacations when other resources such as free school breakfast and hot lunch programs are not available. We will spend the majority of project funds to purchase recommended, kid-friendly foods to fill 1,100 weekend packs along with a variety of totes that look like any other school or gym bag (to ensure children's privacy). 20 Rotarians will volunteer a minimum of 60 hours to assemble the weekend food packs and distribute them to schools beginning the first week of registration and classes.

Timeline: Aug-Oct 2019

2. RCK's Program Committee will arrange a panel presentation of public health professionals, school district personnel, and the Food Bank to further educate RCK members about childhood hunger and food insecurity in the Flathead Valley, the impact on children (physical, emotional and mental health, ability to learn), and what we can do to turn this crisis around. Timeline: October 2019

3. RCK Service and Membership Committees will coordinate an all-Club drive to collect food items and tote bags for an additional 100 children's food packs that we will assemble during a regular club meeting. Rotarians will be encouraged to invite family and friends to pitch in for even greater impact. Timeline: November 2019

4. The culmination of our project will be a week-long public awareness campaign hosted by Rotary, to educate our community about the plight of childhood hunger and offer practical ways to help alleviate it. We will seek the support of local radio and television stations, print and electronic news media, social media, businesses with reader boards, and our fellow Rotary Clubs for this final effort to "send childhood hunger packing!" Timeline: December 2019

Project Contact Person

District: 5390

Rotary Club of: Kalispell

Primary Contact: Lucy Smith

Email: l3s1nmt@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Signed". This means that the signatures from the club leadership have been collected. This project is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once a decision is made, the status of the project will be changed to "Approved".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Kalispell (5390)









DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

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Project Budget

Weekend Food Pack Items


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History Log Entries


by Lucy Smith

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Lucy Smith

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Lucy Smith

System Entry: Project signed by Lucy Smith.


by Joseph Carbonari

System Entry: Project signed by Joseph Carbonari.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Janice Lake.

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