BBP Buzz (Testimonials)
Since we at BBP never know which students or families we're serving, we don't often receive feedback from them. But once in a while we do. And sometimes we hear from other folks who have been involved with our work. We'll share some of these testimonials here:
"I wish I wasn't sick on Friday [when food was delivered to the school] because I had to wait until Monday to get my bag."
"I love getting my bag."
"[BBP] has given our family some more food so my mom can save a little." Back to top
"I love the BBP. It has helped so much since we no longer receive food stamps. We make $23 too much [to get them]."
"I don't know how we would make it through the weekend without this food."
"It helps us a lot with food for our kids on weekends. They really like it."
"It helps out a lot considering I work every other weekend and it's easy for my daughter to heat up for her and her brother. Thank you."
"It really helps us survive the tough times!! My 4 year old loves it!! He thinks he is getting a bag of snacks for being good at school."
"[My daughter] thinks of the food as a present she will get every Friday."
"The kids eat more fruits than they did before we began."
"The Backpack Project has been totally amazing for our family. It costs so much money to buy healthy food for my son. We are on food stamps and sometimes I'm not always able to make my food stamps last to the end of the month. Before we were able to take part in the Backpack Project I would sometimes have to go to the food pantry and it would be embarrassing. We now get healthy snacks and meals that help our food last and we no longer need to use the food pantry. The food is healthy and my son is so excited when he brings home the food and we put it away together and he can have healthy food choices." Back to top
"I teach in the Brookings school system, more specifically the grade schools. I see kids all the time that lack proper clothing or supplies but hunger is harder to spot. They're pretty good at hiding it. Many times because they're embarrassed. It just breaks my heart. I've seen this program flourish in Sioux Falls and had always hoped Brookings would pick it up. You're angels on earth." (Beth Ribstein)
"This is my fourth year working in the Brookings School District. After subbing one year, I have been teaching Kindergarten for three years, one at Central, and two at Hillcrest.... I feel that, as a teacher, my first role is to be an advocate for all children. I have seen, firsthand, the difference that the Backpack Program makes in the lives of our community's children. One of my five-year-old students asks me several times a week if it is `bag day.' I have made several trips to my students' homes on a Friday if the bag didn't make it home, or if my student was absent. I know how important this program is, and how greatly some families rely on it." (Kate Mogard)
"A student said to me on Tuesday,`Is it food day yet?'" [Note: Food is delivered to the sites on Thursday and Friday of each week.]
"One week, when we weren't going to have classes on Thursday and Friday, a student told me, `I will have to come back to school on Friday to pick up my bag.'"
"One of the kids wanted to know if they could share with friends who didn't get a `goody bag'.... I've not heard from any parents, but the students are appreciative of getting the bags. There's no hesitation in coming to pick up the food, and there is concern expressed if there'a change of schedule, so I know they count on that food. One boy told me he saves some of his individually packaged items to use when they are allowed to eat snacks from home [in the classroom] to tide them over until late lunch."
"I think [BBP] is a great program and there is enough food to last more than the weekend or to share with others in the family."
"I'm finding the need is so great."
"We are glad to have this program because there are more needs than people realize in this community."
"A fourth grade girl just checked with me today to see if we have school on Friday, and I'm sure it was to get reassurance that the weekend food packet will be distributed as usual after the change in schedule over conference time last week. [This] young lady refers to the food packet as her `goody bag,' and she has proudly told several of her friends about it in my presence. She also asked me privately after the first couple of weeks if there were others she should share with.... Children express their thanks as they come for their bags each week. Thank you to the committee and donors who make this program possible!" Back to top