“The face of hunger doesn’t have a particular color, and it doesn’t come from a particular neighborhood. They are your neighbors, they are working Americans, they are senior citizens who have worked their entire lives, and they are children.” -Ertharin Cousins
Sac Pac serves the children of Bradley County who are at risk of hunger on the weekends. Created to care for the 26.4% of children in Bradley County who are living in poverty, Sac Pac in 2017 is serving 575 children in 15 Bradley County and Cleveland City schools every week. This requires approximately 2,875 pounds of food a week.
Each Sac Pac contains approximately 4-5 pounds of kid-friendly, shelf-stable, nutritious meals to supplement each child’s weekend nutrition. In order to ensure kid-friendly food, the food is primarily purchased from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Sac Pacs are delivered to the participating schools on Thursdays and are distributed by teachers and administration in a discreet manner to go home with each child on the weekends.
Sac Pac is supported by grants and private donations. For information how you can help keep Sac Pac a reality for our children, contact The Caring Place.
What Schools Have Sac Pac Distributions
- Black Fox Elementary – 50
- Charleston Elementary – 24
- E. L. Ross Elementary – 30
- Hopewell Elementary – 55
- Michigan Avenue Elementary – 11
- North Lee Elementary – 20
- Oak Grove Elementary – 20
- Park View Elementary – 64
- Prospect Elementary – 71
- Taylor Elementary – 28
- Valley View Elementary – 42
- Waterville Elementary – 85
- Lake Forest Middle – 40
- Ocoee Middle – 23
- The Goal Academy – 12
What Teachers Are Saying
100% feel that the Sac Pac Program provided by The Caring Place is a valuable asset to my school/classroom. (Percentages from the 2016-2017 End of Year Survey)
- “I think the Snack Pack Program is such an amazing asset to the overall well-being of our students. Many of them do not have food at home, and this gives them guaranteed nutrition while away from school. I really appreciate and think highly of all this program is doing for our kids!”
80% of teachers of Sac Pac students say the program has helped them spend less of their own money on food for their students.
- “This is a wonderful program. The students of our school are very lucky to have this opportunity.”
100% reported that since they began distributing Sac Pacs to students, they worry less about the students’ well-being or if their basic needs are being met over the weekend.
- “Thank you so much for providing basic needs for our students!”
What does it cost to feed a child?
Because of our partnership with Feeding America and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, we are able to purchase the items needed to fill our Sac Pacs with nutritious food at a discounted rate. The following is the cost per child:
- $5 per weekend
- $20 per month
- $200 per year