Back Pack Program
The Open Door feeds 320 children every week through their Back Pack Program. We currently partner with 10 area schools: Abe Wing, Big Cross, Glens Falls Middle School, Kensington, Queensbury Elementary School, Queensbury WHBI, Queensbury Middle, Lake George Elementary School, Lake George Middle School, WSWHE Boces.
This is truly a collaborative effort. School administration decides who is eligible, the Open Door provides the food, Open Door volunteers pack it, and PTA members pick it up and pack it in bags for students.
Each student receives enough food for 4-6 meals and more on long weekends. We pack sandwiches, breakfast items, healthy snacks, fruit, treats, juice and milk cards. Food comes from many places as well: Gleaned foods from local grocery stores, individual donations of food and money, Regional Food Bank, corporate donations, etc.
Stewart's Half-Gallon Milk Cards are provided each week through the generosity of local businesses and individuals. Sponsors donate $500 to cover a week and are featured on our Facebook page. If you would like to sponsor a week, please email email@example.com All donations are tax deductible.
See the program at work in Queensbury Schools
Research has consistently proven that children who are hungry suffer physically, mentally, and socially, therefore severely reducing their ability to achieve in school. For some of our students, the weekday school breakfast and lunch is their min source of nutrition. With the help of the Open Door backpack program, we are guaranteeing that students will not go hungry over the weekend. Many of our families and students have expressed extreme thankfulness for their support provided by the Open Door Backpack Program. WHBI is grateful for the support and partnership that we have with the Open Door backpack program. We believe that it is making a difference in the lives of children.
Jessica Rossetti - Principal
William H. Barton Intermediate School
The Backpack program at WHBI school helps mine and other people's families in many ways. For example, the backpack program provides food for families who can't afford it. It helps me and my family by giving us things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and we eat those for lunch sometimes over the weekend. It also provides things like juice and our family drinks when they are thirsty. That is how the backpack program helps mine, and many other student's families.
4th Grade Queensbury WHBI Student