Many children rely on school cafeterias for their most nutritious meal of the day. In some cases, this may be the only meal a child receives. Each Friday afternoon during the school year, kids are discreetly and confidentially provided a food filled backpack to ensure they have something to eat during the weekend.
In 2013 we provided weekend backpacks of food to 40 children in the Wiscasset School System. This number has fluctuated in subsequent years depending on need. Currently we are providing weekend food to 40 elementary and preschool children. To continue to serve this number of students we need to raise $18,000 yearly through fundraising efforts, child sponsorships, grant writing, and generous donations from individuals and businesses.
We offer various individual choices for sponsoring a child: $25 will sponsor a child for one month; $125 for half a school year; $250 for a school year. To learn more about our programs, read and print our brochure.
Backpack food programs have been shown to increase attendance, decrease behavior problems, improve concentration, and improves student academic achievement.
“The Backpack Program is a true blessing! We are two parents who are experiencing an array of illnesses and loss of work. This help allows us to worry a little less about an essential part of our lives – meals.”
Books for Scholars 2021
At the end of the 2021 school year FOS provided Wiscasset Elementary children who participated in the Backpack Program with new books to read over the summer – a little “brainfood”. Each class/grade picked a book or series to get a head start on summer reading.
Set for Success aims to provide all Wiscasset Elementary School students with basic teacher-required school supplies that they need to be successful during the school year. Open to everyone regardless of their financial situation, the emphasis of the program is about celebrating and supporting our children.
We’d like to thank the community and our volunteers for all their help with pulling together the school supplies that were donated to Wiscasset Elementary School. To read more about our volunteer-only event at the end of August, click here.
Please contact us to learn more about how you can become a business sponsor.
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We are always looking for new faces to help us meet our fundraising goals each school year, as well as food deliverers, fresh ideas, thoughts, and comments!
If you are interested in joining our dedicated team or would like to send us a message, please fill out our form.
You may also leave a message via our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/wiscassetfeedourscholars