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Head Start Backpack Program

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Over one-third of the families we serve report that they have had to choose between eating and paying bills necessary to meet other basic needs.


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The Head Start Backpack Program launched in the fall of 2015 and provides children enrolled in our Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Auburn with supplemental food on the weekends. Staff and volunteers including parents pack the bags and distribute them to participating families at the end of the third week of each month, when household resources are often depleted.

Kelly Springer, a registered dietician under contract with the Agency to serve the Head Start program, helps to design balanced, nutritious backpack meals monthly. We strive to provide 1-2 staple items from each of the following food groups: fruits and vegetables, dairy, grain and protein. In addition to food, we provide participating families with recipes and information about local food pantries and soup kitchens, nutrition, and the availability of mainstream supports including food stamps and WIC.

Good nutrition is critical to good health and success at school. Children who don't get enough to eat often have trouble concentrating, report lower math and English scores, trouble finishing tests on time, and lower graduation rates. The Head Start Backpack Program has a significant positive impact on the thinly stretched household budgets of low-income families in our community, and helps to mitigate the negative impacts of hunger on the children we serve.

Funding for the Head Start Backpack Program includes the Brendan McGrath Memorial Fund, as well as community and corporate supporters including Cayuga Community Fund, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kiwanis Club of Auburn, Allyn Foundation and Wegmans.

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Site I – Administrative Offices, Domestic Violence Services, Energy Services,Family Developmet, Healthy Families
phone: 315-255-1703
    Site 2 -Early Childhood Development
phone: 315-252-0038
phone: 315-539-5647
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