From Warehouse to Backpacks
During the school year, Meals 'til Monday's weekly routine includes several volunteers from each partner school district working together to achieve the end goal of getting food from the warehouse into the backpacks of local kids dealing with food insecurity. Step by step, here is how it works:
Step 1 - A team of volunteers gathers at the West Ohio Food Bank each Monday to assemble the sacks.
Food is purchased from the West Ohio Food Bank for $3.50 per sack. The picture to the right is a sample of what each grocery sack may contain. Each weekend of the school year, a child will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, and two suppers that will consist of shelf-stable food in easy to open packaging. Sacks might include, but are not limited to, items such as individual serving sizes of cereal, milk, granola bars, juice, fruit, pasta, and soup.
Sacks are divided and placed into bins by school district. The schools are responsible for determining students in need and obtaining parental consent. The school districts receive different numbers of sacks depending on their need and according to the number they submit to Meals 'til Monday.
Once the food is placed into the sack, the sack is tied up.
Step 2 - During the week, community members from each of the partner school districts pick up the bins filled with sacks designated for their school and deliver them to that school.
Step 3 - On Fridays, each school discreetly distributes the sacks of food to the students. The schools develop their own distribution system, and each do it a little bit differently.
Step 4 - The students take home their food and hopefully have enough to get them through 'til Monday.