SCFS Snack Pack and Youth Nutrition Programs
I HISTORY I
Since 2007, with the support of the Coos Bay Elks BPOE, Mr. MHS and local foundation grants, South Coast Food Share has been serving youth throughout Coos Curry and Western Douglas Counties. Snack packs work to alleviate hunger over the weekend and during holiday breaks when free and reduced lunches are not available.
In the first year, 750 children were served through the snack pack program. Due to a decrease in available funding, numbers of children served have declined over the years. In 2014/15 snack pack served 530 youth and additional decline in 2015/2016 serving only 435 youth. Though we were able to increase to 536 youth served in 2016/17.
This past year has also brought 3 youth Nutrition programs to our area. The Powers School Food Cupboard, which focuses on providing daily food access to youth in the Powers school district; The Child Welfare Food Cupboard at DHS, which is a collaborate effort between SCFS, CASA and DHS to provide nutrition to youth who are awaiting placement, and for visits with relatives at DHS/Child Welfare office. This program aims to address immediate hunger, and help promote comfort and bonding with parents and relatives; Bulldog Youth Pantry, a collaborative effort between SCFS and North Bend High Schools Youth Transition Program, aims to help families in the local school community access food as needed in a warm, welcoming environment.
I BARRIERS I
We face some barriers in our efforts including; allergen restrictions which almost eliminate our ability to utilize nut and soy proteins, as well as substantial increased procurement costs for healthier snack sized items. Additionally, local foundation grants become more competitive with increases in non-profits in our communities. These increases in cost and decreases in foundation dollars make it difficult to increase our services while also improving the nutritional value of our snack items. This is why it is time to create partnerships that foster long-term, sustainable commitments to area youth and families. Other Barriers for Youth include transportation both to/and from historically structured food pantries.
I FUTURE I
Our goal is to ensure as many hungry youth as possible have access to nutritious food. As we move forward we are going to be continuing to work with local school districts other youth based programs to establish sustainable youth food programs that are available to youth in places they frequent, feel safe and generally have regular transportation to and from.
We need your help! to continue supporting youth through our snack pack program!
How you can help?
You can support local youth Nutrition through sponsorship!
For as low as $10.99 a month, which is less than the cost of a monthly subscription to HBO or commercial free Hulu, you can support a youth’s snack packs for one school year. Your sponsorship will 37 weeks of weekend nutrition to a youth in your community who may otherwise be without.
Please check out the Youth Nutrition Sponsorship page for more information on ways to sponsor!
The granola and the fruit snacks are yummy!
It’s yummy in my tummy!
Aubrey, age 5
Snack Pack Distribution sites
Madison- Sponsored by CB Elks BPOE 1160
North Bay Elementary
Myrtle Crest Elementary
Port Orford Head Start
Gold Beach Head Start
Bandon Head Start
Powers School District
Youth Nutrition Programs
Child Welfare Food Cupboard
Powers School Food Cupboard