THE SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY ONGOING AND
NEW STUDENTS CAN SIGN UP AT ANY TIME.
Food to Go Anacortes is a weekend backpack food program that started in our elementary schools in September 2015. Our mission is to provide nutritious, supplemental meals and snacks for students who may experience food insecurity over the weekends, which can affect their health and ability to learn. Often these children rely heavily on free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch offered throughout the week at school. In 2017 we began to serve the middle and high schools students. Many of our older students prefer the anonymity of having meals delivered to their homes by volunteers.
Our volunteers pack and deliver bags to schools on Thursdays which then go home with the students on Fridays. (Currently, due to the pandemic, we are delivering bags to students homes on Thursdays, still true Oct 2021) We provide about 200 students with food weekly during a regular school year. Our program is funded solely with generous donations from our community. One hundred percent of donations go to purchase food for students.
Currently due to school closures in response to Covid all of our bags are being delivered to students’ homes by volunteers.
Weekly bags contains a minimum of the following:
-2 ready to eat meals (Cup Noodles etc)
-1 shelf stable milk
-2 shelf stable chocolate milks
-2 cereal cups
-3-4 snacks (granola bars, trail mix, cheese crackers etc)
-2 fresh fruits
Food to Go
Bobbilyn Hogge and Kari Mathis Co-Coordinators
Food to Go accepts donations on an ongoing basis. Donations can be made anytime through the "Donate" tab.
We are incredibly grateful for the support of our volunteers and our community in our mission to address food insecurity over the weekends for our students.
In addition, we would like to take this opportunity to share several wonderful causes with you and encourage you to consider looking into their organizations and how you might help. Thank you to everyone in our community working to support Anacortes families in need.
A SIMPLE GESTURE: Donating to families in need simple with a pick up right at your home. Sign up online at https://www.asimplegestureanacortes.org. Food donations can also be dropped of at 3001 R. Avenue in Anacortes.
Wishing you all the best!