Blessings in a Backpack Program Expands to Four Schools
Published on 10/13/17
District News Delaware Academy School Delaware Primary Dr King Elementary School Franklin Elementary School Seymour Dual Language Academy
More SCSD students who may struggle to find nutritious meals outside of school now have an extra source of support thanks to the Blessings in a Backpack program.
First started at Delaware Primary and Delaware Academy in the 2016-17 school year, the program has expanded this year to reach Seymour, Franklin and Dr. King. Each school has partnered with a community agency – Bellevue Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bishop Grimes and Centro – that provides a weekly delivery of nutritious items to students in highest need.
“It's truly been a blessing to have this program in our school,” Delaware Social Worker Mayra Arocho-Bague said. “A lot of families have been made very happy. We distribute the bags on Friday and on Monday, the students will remind me that they’d like a bag again that weekend. It’s something they look forward to and it helps our students feel good as they go home, knowing that they have something nutritious to eat, regardless of what their situation may be. We’re hoping that we can continue adding more students to the program because it’s been such a nice thing for our school.”
Ms. Arocho-Bague added that the program is now serving about 200 students at Delaware, who are selected for the voluntary program based on need. Students receive a bag each week as well as before holiday breaks.
At Dr. King, bags will be distributed to all students by rotating distribution through classrooms throughout the school year.
“Syracuse has among the highest concentration of poverty in the nation, and many of our students come from these high-poverty neighborhoods,” Principal Ellis-Smith said. “This program will assist our families by providing nutritious food over the weekend. We look forward to our new partnership with Centro as it will assist in the development of the whole child.”
Thank you to the community partners who are helping our students stay well-nourished even when school is not in session!