Children in grades preschool through the fifth grade are encouraged to bring a nutritious snack to school to eat mid-morning. This snack time takes place in the classroom and is meant to bridge the gap between the children’s breakfast and lunch times. Unfortunately, children who live in homes with incomes below the poverty level are usually unable to bring snacks to school. This results in the children feeling embarrassed (socially outcast because they are not like the other children) and the children lacking the nourishment which is sorely needed for proper learning.
We partner with 21 elementary schools and 19 preschools in Roanoke County to support needy children by providing them with appropriate snacks. The Snack Buddies program has been extremely well received by the school teachers, administration, and the children.
|Snack Buddies in 2016:|
|Number of Elementary Schools||20|
|Number of Pre-Schools||21|
|Number of Snacks||51,600|
|Value of Snacks Given||$14,267.29|