13 November 2015

From What's New, Laporte


The Salvation Army of LaPorte is again launching the Backpack Food for Kids program. The food assistance program provides eligible schoolchildren with nutritious, kid-friendly items and ready-to-eat meals for weekends, when they might not have such food available.

In past years, the LaPorte SA has provided between 54,000 and 72,000 meals each year to schoolchildren at Handley, Hailmann, Riley and Lincoln elementary schools.

The program has grown from 50 to around 300 schoolchildren this year. Program organizers anticipate supporting around 300 schoolchildren with 6 nutritious weekend meals again this school year, and are asking for the community’s help.

Seed-starter money from the Thomas Lyle Williams Grant launched this program in 2012/2013.  As the generous seed starter’s funds deplete, the SA relies even more on community donations to grow this program and keep it going as a long-term endeavor.

LaPorte-area community groups, churches, businesses and residents are asked to support the program with either financial or food donations. Financial donations allow the SA to purchase food at a greatly discounted cost through co-op relationships.

If you want to donate food, below are some examples sought. Food should be individually wrapped and easy for a child to prepare. Healthy, low-sugar meals are preferred, as is soft food, which is easier for children with limited dental care to eat:

  • Ready-to-serve pastas (typical brands are Chef Boyardee and/or Hormel)
  • Ready-to-serve soups (with pull-off tops)
  • Fruit or applesauce cups
  • 100% fruit juice boxes or pouches
  • Soft protein bars or cereal bars, and soft granola or trail mix bars
  • Cereal, single-serving
  • Jell-O and pudding cups
  • Crackers such as cheddar cheese, peanut butter or graham (individually packaged)
  • Raisins, fruit snacks or other healthy, individually packaged snacks

Any donated food items that can’t be used for the Backpack for Food program will be given to the Salvation Army of LaPorte food pantry.

Drop monetary and food donations at: The Salvation Army of LaPorte, 3240 Monroe St., LaPorte, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. For more information, call 219.326.5342.

The Salvation Army thanks you for your support, LaPorte!