Which schools do you distribute to?
We are partnered with three schools in Jackson County, TN: Gainesboro Middle, Dodson Branch K-8 and Jackson County Middle.
Why did you choose to partner with those schools?
At the time we were researching schools to partner with, Jackson County did not have a program in place that sent food-filled backpacks home with students for the weekend, and the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program was over 80% county wide. There was and is still great need for this assistance within the schools, and the TTU University Service Center is happy to be partnered with them.
How many backpacks are distributed each week?
Thirty backpacks total are sent to the schools. That is 10 backpacks per school.
How are students selected to receive a backpack?
Once the backpacks are delivered to the schools, it is up to the administration and faculty of each school to determine which kids have the greatest need for a backpack that weekend.
How many weeks out of the school year do you distribute backpacks?
We try to distribute as many weeks as possible throughout the school year, though this does vary from one school year to the next. Inclement weather and school breaks do affect distributions.
Do you send out non-food items in backpacks?
Yes. We will send out age appropriate books and school supplies when they are donated.