"We all know that healthy bodies and healthy minds start with healthy foods," said Christine Hager, executive director of the Sharing Place, adding one-third of those who rely on the food bank are children.
"With this lunch bag program, we're actually going to really make a difference in a child's schooling," she
The program, expected to launch mid-December, will afford clients the opportunity to pick up two brown paper bags per school-aged child, each containing about a dozen pre-packaged healthy snacks, when they come in for their monthly order.
There will be three different options to choose from: one will be gluten free, one will contain more dairy products, and one, more produce, said Hager
, noting the items in the bags could range from yogurt to fresh fruit, raisins to granola.
"They could take that brown bag and split it up and do whatever they like with it," she
said, adding she
felt it was important to maintain an element of choice.
"The children can participate and say, 'On Monday, I'd like to have these three things, on Tuesday, I'd like to have these three things," she
anticipates the funding from the Rural Kids Program will run out in about three months, she
suspects the impact of the brown bag lunch program will be long-lasting.
"It's going to take us a little bit of figuring out how we're going to do this efficiently.
Once we get a system going, it'll be all the way to the moon," she