Joshua created the Backpack Distribution program so that his organization could forge a direct connection with hungry children. He learned about a school nurse in Arkansas who asked a food bank, The Arkansas Rice Depot, to provide food directly to school children after she noticed that many of her patients who complained of stomach aches and dizziness were actually hungry and decided to adapt the concept for Joshua’s Heart.
The program gives backpacks full of nutritious, non-perishable food to children who qualify for free or reduced price school lunches so that they will have enough to eat on the weekends and school holidays. Each backpack contains two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks and two containers of juice. The backpacks are discreetly distributed by school officials on the last day of class before a weekend or school vacation. Once the food is gone, the children have a sturdy, attractive backpack that they can use to carry their books and school supplies. In addition, Joshua’s Heart provides birthday gifts to students who participate in the backpack program through the school-based Birthday Club.
The program officially launched in 2012 with the help of a twenty-thousand dollar grant from Wal-Mart. That year, Joshua’s Heart was able to help 100 needy kids and their families. In 2016, with your help, Joshua’s Heart hopes to give backpacks to 5000 children.
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Your generous donations can ensure schoolchildren in our community receive food all year long.
Feed 1 child this school year: $350
Feed 25 children this school year: $8,750
Feed 50 children this school year: $17,500
Feed 100 children this school year: $35,000