Brazos Valley Food Bank
Brazos Valley Food Bank - BackPack Program
There are children in the Brazos Valley that rely on resources such as free or reduced-price school lunch during the school year. The Backpack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. Backpacks are filled with food that children take home on the weekends. The food is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. Backpacks are discretely distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation and returned during the next week to refill for the following distribution. Volunteers will be organizing the warehoused food for the backpacks, filling the backpacks and assisting with delivery of the backpacks to the designated school. In the 2013-2014 League year, JLBCS volunteers stuffed nearly 10,000 bags of food for local children's backpacks and hope to stuff a record number of bags in 2014-2015!
Food for Families Food DriveThank you to everyone that came out to the 2013 Food For Families Food Drive, held at The Brazos center on December 13! The food drive raised 174,647 pounds of food and $140,609 for the Brazos Valley Food Bank!
Ideas for donations:
(Please remember, non-perishables only! No homemade or perishable items will be accepted.)
Brazos Valley Food Bank
The Brazos Valley Food Bank seeks to eliminate hunger by the distribution of food and grocery products through a network of nonprofit organizations while providing education and community awareness on issues of hunger.
In 2007, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Future Impact Gift (FIG) was created. Several agencies submitted proposals requesting funding for a large financial gift with a volunteer component that might better the lives of children and youth in the community. After a quite extensive review process, the Brazos Valley Food Bank was awarded the gift and was to receive a minimum of $100,000 up to $250,000 to retire the debt on its new facility over 5 years. In appreciation the Brazos Valley Food Bank renamed its food distribution facility The Junior League Center. A check was presented to the Brazos Valley Food Bank by JLBCS in May 2007 for a total of $200,000.
In addition, the Junior League continues to provide volunteer assistance by assisting with the Feast of Caring and the Annual Food for Families Food Drive.