The Brookings Backpack Project assists children and youth in Brookings County SD, who may not have enough food to eat at home by providing them with easy-to-prepare weekend meals and snacks throughout the year.
By helping to sustain these children, we seek not only to help meet their nutritional needs but also to promote their physical, cognitive and social development and to enhance their overall sense of well-being.
WHEN CHILDREN GO HUNGRY
Feeding America reports the children in families suffering from food insecurity:
Have increased potential for long term consequences
Are vulnerable to poor health and stunted development from the earliest stages of life.
May have more frequent instances of oral health problems
Are prone to poor physical quality of life, which may prevent them from fully engaging in daily activities such as school and social interaction with peers
May be at higher risk for behavioral issues and social difficulties
May be at greater risk of truancy and school tardiness.
May experience increases in an array of behavior problems in school including:
- Mood Swings
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS
Brookings Area United Way
Larson Family Foundation
Office of Head Start
Sioux Valley Energy
Brookings First Lutheran
Sioux Valley Cossacks