As we transition from the school year to the summer program, we have some Covid-19 changes to the program. Please read the following and share with others you may think could benefit from it.
The Brookings Backpack Project is preparing for the summer of 2020 with many changes from our usual summer distribution. Due to the increase in numbers during the pandemic we will be distributing bags from various locations in Brookings, hopefully making pick up easier for families.
We will be honoring social distancing and handing out bags in parking lots in several different areas of town.
We are visiting with Feeding Brookings and the School District to see if we can create a partnership to have their sites serve as a distribution site.
Please note the area of town listed on the map and choose the section you reside in or where it would be easiest to pick up bags and number of children. Families may walk to the site or drive, and children do not need to be present in order to receive a bag.
Cathy and RaeAnn
Brookings Backpack Project
So we can determine the best locations, on this map, please check where would be the most convenient for you to pick up bags this summer. Please check 1.
Hours will be announced later as now we are just seeking information on how to proceed and provide services in the most convenient places. Thanks. Fill this out and return it when you stop to pick up bags next week. If food is being delivered, please leave in an envelope on the porch or front steps with BBP written on it. Watch our facebook page for updates, or call 605-651-3900.
We will be taking bags to Aurora, Elkton and Volga also. Thanks.
This form is available on our facebook page if you want to fill it out there and message it back to us.
The Brookings Backpack Project assists children and youth in Brookings County SD, who may not have enough food to eat at home by providing them with easy-to-prepare weekend meals and snacks throughout the year.
By helping to sustain these children, we seek not only to help meet their nutritional needs but also to promote their physical, cognitive and social development, and to enhance their overall sense of well-being.
In early 2009, a small group of Brookings residents, many of whom were members of the Brookings United Church of Christ, started to explore the feasibility of a local ‘backpack’ program. As the vision moved toward reality, the group met with officials from both the Brookings Public Schools and Brookings Head Start, who enthusiastically agreed to be partners in the project. In 2011 the summer program was added.
The organization continued to prosper under the umbrella of the United Church of Christ and as it grew, it transitioned into an independent Non-profit in August of 2016. Although there have been numerous changes throughout the years, the common goal has always been to provide healthy snacks and easy to fix meals to children in food insecure homes.
In 2018 Sioux Valley Schools was added to the list of children served, and 2019 added the Elkton School district to those receiving assistance.
The program is supervised by the Executive Director and Food/Volunteer Director and overseen by an Executive Board of Directors.