Charity of the Week

February 23rd - March 8th, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters


Feeding Area Children Together (FACT) is dedicated to reducing childhood hunger in central Minnesota thru their weekend food program, FACT Packs.  

FACT Packs are a convenient way to send food home with children experiencing hunger.  The foods are pre-portioned, easy to prepare and meet nutritional requirements for growing children.  FACT Packs are one gallon zipper bags that contain a child-friendly, non-perishable breakfast, lunch and snack for each day school is not in session.
This is important because:
• 1 in 5 Central Minnesota children live in poverty
• 34% of families who experience hunger are not eligible for federal nutrition programs
• Over 90% of children at three area elementary schools live below 184% of the federal poverty level which qualifies them for free and reduced priced lunch (FRPL). A family of 4 qualifies for free school lunches if their annual income is $31,990 or less.
• Up to 60% of students who receive FRPL at these schools receive their only meals of the day at school
• The 2017-2018 school calendar has 102 days that students are not in school (weekends & breaks)
• The number of K-5 students in our district receiving FRPL has increased at 3x the rate of enrollment during the last 5 years.