Downloads & Links
- BBP Forms & Materials
- Links to Relevant Brookings-Area Resources
- Links to Hunger Quizzes
- If You're Starting or Working with a Backpack Project
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BBP Consent Form (School Year):
- 2012-2013 BBP Consent Form for Public Schools (English)
- 2012-2013 BBP Consent Form for Public Schools (Spanish)
- 2012-2013 BBP Consent Form for Head Start (English)
- 2012-2013 BBP Consent Form for Head Start (Spanish)
BBP Consent Form (BBP Summertime):
BBP Volunteer Materials:
BBP Donor Forms (Special):
BBP Promotional Materials:
Click on an organization name (orange only) to visit its website in a new window. If you know of another group we might include in this list, or if you wish to update an existing entry, please contact us.
- Boys & Girls Club, Vanessa Merhib, 692-3333. Offering a wide variety of programming for all youth in the Brookings area. Activities are designed to develop self-esteem and assist youth in reaching their full potential.
- Bridge to Benefits,We strongly encourage families who are in need of assistance to check this out. A newly developed website that will help them determine their eligibility for public benefit programs and tax credits. The Eligibility Screening Tool is simple to use, confidential and free
- Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity, Barbara Johnson, 692-5601. Building decent, affordable housing for people in need, empowering families and communities.
- Brookings County Youth Mentoring, Jo Woodward, 697-0444. Providing one-on-one mentoring by caring, stable adults to all youth in the community.
- Brookings Domestic Abuse Center, Margo Dempsy, 692-7233. Providing a 24-hour crisis hotline and a shelter for victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
- Brookings Food Pantry, 217 4th St., 692-5007. Providing food and essential nonfood items to those in need. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:00-4:30 p.m.; closed holidays. Handicapped accessible entrance on east side of building.
- Brookings United Church of Christ, Rev. Emily Goldthwaite Fries, 697-2882. Founded and now operating the Brookings Backpack Project with its many community partners. The church "seeks to create a community that is welcoming, affirming, and inclusive; compassionate and open-hearted; where questions are encouraged; where there's no checklist of orthodoxy; where God's call is discerned individually and collectively; and, where ambiguity can be a partner to faith."
- Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Lutheran Social Services, Tracy Gran, 605-373-4200. Offering budget evaluation and planning as well as bankruptcy, student loan and first-time home buyer counseling. Works with SD Jump Start Coalition, a personal financial literacy program for youth.
- Department of Social Services. The Department's Division of Economic Assistance promotes the well-being of lower income families and children, among others, by providing medical, nutritional, financial and case management services.
- East Central CASA Program, Julie Wermers, 697-6106. Promoting and protecting the best interests of children involved in court proceedings through the advocacy efforts of trained volunteers.
- Family Back 2 School Project, Joyce Wrage, 690-9803. Providing school supplies for the upcoming school year to low-income families in Brookings County.
- Family Resource Network, 1-800-354-8238 or 688-5730. Many resources, including Bright Start Responsive Parenting classes and the Toy Lending Library.
- Feeding Brookings, Ascension Lutheran Church, 2030 3rd St., Lisa Marotz, 692-6565. Distributing groceries to anyone in need each Thursday afternoon, 3:45-5:00 p.m. at the church's fellowship hall. No eligibility requirement.
- Harvest Table, Vonda Kirkham, 692-4345. Providing a warm, no-cost meal every Monday night between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Brookings First United Methodist Church, 625 5th St. Diapers available every week; groceries distributed the last Monday of every month.
- Head Start Program, 625 5th St., Brookings, 692-7472. Educating the young children of low-income families to deal more effectively with both their everyday environment and their later responsibilities in school and life.
- Interlakes Community Action Partners, Dana Whitehouse, 692-6391. Offering a hand-up to primarily low-income families and seniors in a 14-county area of east-central South Dakota through housing, meal, and childcare programs.
- Lutheran Social Services, Greg Archer, 692-9636. Caring for, supporting, and strengthening individuals, families and communities through a variety of services.
- My Neighbor, Dawn Twedt, 691-3225. Striving to help people who are primarily in a temporary financial hardship to step out of it.
- Project Joy, Cara Beers, 690-3807, or Julie Wermers, 697-6106. Providing children and families living in Brookings County, who are in need, an opportunity to receive holiday gifts through the generous donations of individuals, business, and organizations.
- South Dakota Voices for Children, the only nonprofit, statewide organization that has as its sole purpose improving the lives of all SD children through program and policy advocacy. Its vision is that the needs of all SD children are met, including food, clothing, shelter, health care, nurturing, education and safety within the family and the community.
St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 1700 8th Street South, Brookings, 692-4361. Serving a parish dinner on Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7:30, for freewill offering. Back to top
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To get started, try our 10-question "Brookings Hunger Quiz" to test your knowledge of hunger and poverty in and around Brookings.
You might find helpful our Backpack Forum Report. This document summarizes many of the ideas shared during a gathering of representatives from more than a dozen backpack food projects, hosted by BBP in March, 2010.
You might also wish to check out Backpack Food Projects, an online discussion group for people providing food assistance to local school children through backpack projects. Join other members in networking, information-sharing and problem solving. All you need to participate fully is an email address and a Google account. Back to top