Harvest Ridge is a partnering organization with the Harvesters' BackSnack Program.
More than 90,000 children in Harvesters' service area receive free and reduced-price school meals during the week, but are at risk of hunger on weekends.
Harvesters offers the BackSnack program, which provides backpacks of food to low-income children for the weekend to combat weekend hunger. The program creates a partnership between Harvesters, a participating school, and a local corporate, civic, or religious organization.
Harvesters provides the food and the backpacks, and the partnering organization provides volunteers to pick them up, clean them out, and pack them with food. Schools distribute the backpacks on Friday to students, who then bring them back on Monday to start the process again.
Volunteers from Harvest Ridge meet every other week to fill 70 "backpacks" and deliver the nutrition to three Bonner Springs elementary schools. Harvest Ridge is privileged to assist our local community in this way. For more information, contact Barbara Hollenbach or Bruce Hollenbach.