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BackPack Snack Attack

No More Hungry Weekends!         

During this time of unprecedented need in our community, we are working to
increase nutritious meal availability to allow our children every
opportunity to be healthy and eager learners.

Four new community partners are teaming with Trinity Episcopal Church and
Manassas City Public Schools to expand the “Backpack Snack Attack” program
that will provide 40 weekend meal packs for selected elementary students
through 2012, for a total of 4,400 weekend meals over 24 weeks. 

The packs promote healthy eating and provide a much needed source of nutrition for
students on weekends when school meals are not available.

Trinity Episcopal Church successfully partnered on a pilot with MCPS in
Spring 2011 by providing 1,100 weekend meals over 12 weeks.  Harris Teeter
also donated funds.  The weekend meal pack program is patterned after
similar programs in Herndon, Fairfax and Blacksburg, Va.

“The parents are grateful, the students say thank you, and the teachers are
seeing a difference in the classroom,” reported MCPS Supervisor of
Administrative Services Sandy Thompson, R.N., M.S.N., to the School Board on
June 14.  “Our community partners are providing a creative solution that
addresses both food insecurity and childhood obesity. These aren’t Vienna
sausages and cracker packs.  We are excited by their commitment to continue
to provide nutritious food while expanding the program to reach more
students.”

MCPS Director of Food & Nutrition Cecily Anthony researched a food list for
the partners that downplays sugar, fat and salt while boosting protein. Each
food pack contains individually sized, ready to eat (including microwavable)
food items that don’t require refrigeration for a total of two breakfasts,
two lunches, two dinners and two snacks per weekend.  Donated items may
include:

•    Hormel Kid’s Kitchen – Chicken or Spaghetti (7 ¾ oz)
•    Campbell E-Z Open Soups – Chicken Noodle, Chicken & Rice or Cream of
Chicken (7.25 oz)
•    Campbell Soups - Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Tomato or Vegetable
Beef (7.25 oz)
•    Dole Cups/Fruit Bowls - Diced Peaches, Mandarin Orange, Mixed Fruit,
Pineapple or Tropical Fruit (4 oz)
•    Seedless Raisins in Individual Boxes
•    General Mills Cereal Bowl Packs – Kix, Cheerios or Rice Chex (8 oz)
•    Quaker Apple Cinnamon TO GO Oatmeal Cereal (Bowl Pack – 2 oz)
•    Quaker Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars
•    Silk Vanilla or Chocolate Soy Milk (Shelf-stable) sip box (8.25 oz)
•    Juicy Juice 100% Juice Sip Boxes – Orange, Grape or Fruit Punch (6
oz)

Packs cost $9.50 each, and are being assembled weekly by members of the Metz
National Junior Honor Society and the Osbourn High School Key Club, and
distributed to schools by C.A.S.E. (Community and School Engagement Council)
members.  Joining Trinity Episcopal are community partners Grace United
Methodist Church, Upper Room Christian Cathedral, the Manassas Chapters of
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Wellington Community.  Contributions are
welcome.  Please contact the community partner of your choice to donate.

For more information on the program or to make a donation, contact Cindy
Brookshire at 703-361-6941 or email.