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Share Bear Snack Pack


What is the Share Bear Snack Pack?
snackpackThe Share Bear Snack Pack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other food resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. Through private and corporate donations, the Snack Pack Program is the first of its kind in Oregon.

How it works:

  • Backpacks are filled with food that children take home on weekends.
  • Food is child-friendly, nonperishable and easily consumed.
  • Distribution is handled discretely on the last day before weekends or school vacations.

Schools will:

  • Select the children
  • Distribute the food
  • Report progress to South Coast Food Share

South Coast Food Share will:

  • Ready the food for distribution
  • Transport the food to each site
  • Solicit donations to support the program
  • Provide public relations for the program

Together we can work towards food stability and ending hunger for our children in need.

Why the program exists...
typical-spSeven-year-old Cody and his nine-year-old sister Mackenzie hurried into their house in a recent Friday afternoon and emptied their school backpacks. On the kitchen table, next to a family picture and a pile of bills, each child laid out a cup of pudding, a packet of oatmeal, applesauce, a Slim Jim, fruit leathers, a box of cereal, peanut butter and cheese crackers, and fruit and grain bars. It wasn't a weekend homework assignment, it was their weekend breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Cody and Mackenzie are members of Share Bear Snack Pack Program sponsored by the South Coast Food Share, a program of Oregon Coast Community Action.

The teachers, school counselors, nurses, and social workers, based on the knowledge of the family backgrounds and the children's behavior in the classroom, choose kids for the Share Bear Snack Pack Program.

Typical Snack Pack
The children's backpacks are, for the most part, filled with child-friendly food that is nutritious, easy to open, and doesn’t require stove-top cooking.

Snack Pack Inserts

The weekly insert is designed to provide money saving tips and resources for parents and fun games and nutritional facts for children and adults.


Our Sponsors

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  • MHS Program
  • Bank of America
  • The Oregon Community Fund
  • Gordon Elwood Foundation
  • Umpqua Bank
  • Community 101- Bandon High School
  • West Familiy Foundation
  • National Elks Foundation: BPOE 1160
  • Verizon Foundation
  • Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation
  • Coquille Tribal Community Fund
  • Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 September 2010 09:50

Schools and Distribution Sites

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There are currently eight schools, and four additional partner sites distributing Snack Packs in Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas Counties, as well as other youth-oriented groups in our community.

  • Highland Elementary, Reedsport
  • Hillcrest Elementary, North Bend
  • Madison Elementary, Coos Bay
  • Kalmiopsis Elementary, Brookings
  • Myrtle Crest Elementary, Myrtle Point
  • Driftwood Elementary, Port Orford
  • Powers Elementary School, Powers
  • Lincoln Elementary, Coquille
  • The Guild, Coos Bay/North Bend
  • North Bend School District, North Bend
  • Coquille Tribal Community Center
  • Coos County DHS, Coos County

Over 750 children currently participate in the Snack Pack Program.



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