Impact and Programs
During the 2020-21 school year FOCP served 156,461 weekend meals plus an additional 440,482 pandemic-relief meals equaling 596,943 meals in total. Our program supported 890 students in grades K-8, in 29 schools over 5 school districts in and around the Greater Mankato area. Ninety-nine percent of parent's surveyed stated, "the BackPack /Power Pack program helps them worry less about feeding their children." Eighty percent of the student's surveyed stated, "the food they get in their food packs helps them not feel hungry over the weekend."
FOCP has continued to expand the services we provide, by starting a food pantry program supporting grades 9-12 at five high school in Mankato. We now offer hunger assistance to students in grades K-12. We are working with our partners within the Hunger Assist Network to expand and enhance our Summertime Outreach Meal Program(STOMP). This program provides weekday lunches to children to who live in food deserts in the Mankato area during the summer break. We continue to improve our processes and expand our Summer Pack Program. This program provide weekend meal bags consisting of two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks for every weekend over the summer break. These meals are delivered directly to the student's homes on a monthly basis. For the first time we will offer this program to students in grades 9-12. We will also continue to expand upon the efforts of the Hunger Assistance Network, through partnerships with other local agencies and programs to address the issues surrounding youth hunger in and around the Mankato area.
Community or Constituency Served
FOCP programs provide hunger for food-insecure youth in grades K-12 at 33 sites within 5 school districts in and around the Mankato, MN area.
Geographic Area Served
We serve a rural area of 800 square miles consisting of five school districts in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties in Minnesota.