Weekend Backpack Programs
in Monongalia County

What is the
Weekend Backpack Program?

Weekend backpack food programs help provide nutritious, non-perishable, and easy-to-prepare food to elementary students to help them avoid hunger over the weekend from food insecurity when they cannot depend on school cafeteria meals.

The first weekend backpack programs were initiated in 1995 by a school nurse, who noticed students coming to her on Mondays complaining of stomach aches and headaches. She realized many of those students were eating little to no food over the weekend. The backpack programs in Monongalia County are primarily administered by area churches.

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Estimated number of backpacks distributed during the school year  - 1,200

The church provides snack packs to the Pre-K and Kindergarten students of Eastwood Elementary School on a weekly basis.

Who is eligible: Pre-K and Kindergarten students

How to obtain services: Information is sent home at the beginning of the year (or upon enrollment). Parent fills out a request form which is processed by the guidance counselor.

Restrictions/Prerequisites: Current enrollment at Eastwood Elementary.

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Scotts Run Backpack Feeding Programs
34-599-5020
Scotts Run Settlement House
15 Ladybug Drive, Osage

 

Estimated number of backpacks distributed during the school year - 19,680

Scotts Run, a multi-function agency located in the Scotts Run area, organizes a weekend feeding program which sends easy to open foods home with students during the school year. The schools served include Clay-Battelle, Cheat Lake Elementary, University High School, Suncrest, Mountainview, Brookhaven, North, Mylan Park, Mason Dixon, Mountaineer Middle, ALC- Mylan Park, ALC- Mountaineer Mall, and Westover Annex.

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Avery United Methodist Church
Snack Pack Program

304-594-9030
1162 Cheat Road

Estimated number of backpacks distributed during the school year - 5,940.

The church provides backpacks to students of Eastwood Elementary School

Who is eligible: Students in grades 1 through 5

How to obtain services:  Information is sent home at the beginning of the year (or upon enrollment). Parent fills out a request form which is processed by the guidance counselor.

Restrictions/Prerequisites: Current enrollment at Eastwood Elementary
 

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Woodland United Methodist Church
Snack Pack Program
Mileground