Impact and Programs
During the 2017-18 school year we provided 96,350 pounds of food, in 45,100 food packs, equaling 225,500 meals for the over 900 students we served each week. Teacher's surveyed reported that the students who were on our programs no longer complained of hunger on the weekends, and were ready to learn on Monday mornings. Improved attendance, increased energy levels, and better relationships with school personnel was also reported.
FOCP has launched our biggest program expansion to date, by expanding our Power Pack program to 3 new middle schools and our BackPack Food Program to a new community and elementary school. We are feeding over 900 hungry tummies each week during the 2018-19 school year. We will also continue to expand upon the efforts of Youth Hunger Solutions initiatives, through partnerships with other local agencies and programs, as well as having a presence at city council meetings, school board meetings, and county meetings to highlight and address the issues surrounding youth hunger with our local policy makers.
Community or Constituency Served
FOCP programs provide hunger relief for food-insecure youth in grades K-8 at 28 schools within 5 school districts in the greater Mankato, MN area.
Geographic Area Served
We serve five school districts within Minnesota's Blue Earth and Nicollet counties.