Food for Thought

(Weekend Food Backpack Program)

Making sure children have food when they don’t have access to school meals is vital. Food for Thought targets students who are recognized by school counselors, principals or teachers as needing extra food support – particularly on the weekends so that the students are not coming to school hungry on Monday morning. Food for Thought fills the gap between the federally-funded school breakfast and lunch programs and FoodShare.

Children who are hungry struggle to concentrate in school, are likely to fall behind academically, are at risk for illness and poor attendance, and often suffer low self-esteem and lack of energy. Childhood hunger affects life outcomes and quality of life. Food for Thought offers families support so that their children can grow and thrive by providing children nutritious bags of food each week during the school year to nourish them on the weekends.

Sheboygan County Food Bank addresses the emergency food needs of children in our community by distributing free, ready-to-eat, or easy-to-heat, healthy food to nearly 300 elementary students.

Food for Thought always needs these nutritious food donations:

  • Apple sauce cups
  • Breakfast/granola bars
  • Sausage/turkey sticks
  • Low-sugar cereal in cups/variety packs
  • Oatmeal packs
  • Snack-size bags of crackers
  • Macaroni & cheese microwavable dinners
  • Juice boxes

When you designate Food for Thought in your monetary donation, Sheboygan County Food Bank purchases food at a 43% discount, making your money go farther.