How a Backpack Can Become So Much More

07/19/2017, By Valley of the Sun United Way

It’s a scene that plays out in too many Maricopa County homes - a hungry child tries to focus on reading or school work on an empty stomach. Hunger has long-term consequences on children’s health, education and futures. For many children who live in the 82,000 Valley households that suffer chronic hunger, weekends are a dreaded time away from their only reliable source of food: school breakfast and lunch programs.

Valley of the Sun United Way’s Weekend Hunger Backpacks program provides meals to help those Valley children get through the weekends, and come to school Monday ready to learn. Your support helps us provide the meals that allow growing children to focus on their education, and succeed.

What Can I Do?

United Way partners with volunteers, schools and business supporters to provide children with food packaged to carry home and prepare easily. We can’t do it without you. Your generous donation makes this happen.


$250


PROVIDES BACKPACKS
TO A CLASSROOM FOR A WEEKEND

$100


10 CHILDREN RECEIVE A BACKPACK

$50


5 CHILDREN RECEIVE A BACKPACK


As long as hunger exists in our streets, in our neighborhoods, in our schools, in our community, we will continue to fight and end hunger in the classroom. 

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