More Bags Added for 2nd Week
of COVID-19 'Take Home' Project
March 26, 2020
Thursday was packing day for our second week of "Take Home" bags in response to the COVID-19 challenges.
We are thrilled, thanks to the generous support of the community, to be able to pack an additional 30 bags this week for a total of 150 families being helped.
This week, each bag has ~14 pounds of food at a cost of about $18 per bag and includes a full box of cereal, shelf-stable milk as well as some fresh fruit!
Please remember the Bremerton School District's "'Grab & Go" meal program will be changing starting on Monday, March 30th.
The Brigade will be sending out 'Take Home' bags on Wednesday. Please check out the Bremerton School District Web site for the new locations of their meal program.
Thank you Bremerton for helping to make the "Take Home" bags possible as we all find creative ways to respond to challenges.
The Brigade remains committed to fighting food insecurity in our community!
Thanks to Community, Brigade Is Able
to Expand Number of Take-Home Bags
March 23, 2020
The Brigade is so grateful for all the support the community has showered on us since we launched our Covid-19 Response last Friday.
Thanks to this abundance, we will be able to expand this week to 25-plus Take-Home bags for each school, for a total of about 150 bags.
Remember this is on a first come first serve basis.
The Brigade is also able to respond in emergency situations for families in crisis on a limited basis (death, serious illness, etc.). For more information on this, please contact your school interventionist.
The Take-Home bags will go to the elementary schools on Friday mornings in time for the Bremerton School District's school breakfast and box lunch program.
Check out the BSD Web site for more information as well as bus routes that are also delivering meals to students!
We are all in this together to fight food insecurity and support children/families in need and our community!
Volunteers Deliver More Than 1,000
Pounds of Food in COVID-19 Response
March 20, 2020
Volunteers came out on a beautiful crisp morning today to deliver more than 1,000 pounds of food, in about 120 Take Home Bags, to the six elementary schools across our community that we serve.
This is the first day of the Brigade's COVID-19 Response, as we all come together at this difficult time to serve hungry children and their families. The needs are great and the hunger is real for many folks in our community.
Many thanks to the volunteers who provided this service and to all the people who donated cash and food making it possible. These are amazing times that require creative responses. The Brigade remains committed to fighting food insecurity in our community.
March 15, 2020
Greetings folks! This is the Brigade's plan so far for supporting Bremerton elementary school children and their families as school closures officially begin.
We are amazed and so grateful for the outpouring of the community’s love and support. A lot of folks have volunteered to help in all kinds of ways. We are thankful but also aware of the challenges we face.
So it goes without saying that if you feel ill, have fever or are in the “high risk demographic," you should stay home! Your health and the health of the children we serve is most important. There will be lots of time to help the Brigade feed hungry kids when this crazy virus has run its course!
These are amazing times, and we live in an amazing community. The Brigade is made strong by unfailing community support and we are able to continue to do our best to serve families in need because of this generosity of spirit, hard work, ingenuity and dedication.
March 13, 2020
In response to the national emergency and its impact on closing all schools in the state of Washington, the Brigade plans to deliver bags of food, (with fixings for at least two meals) each Friday, during the closure, to all the elementary schools in Bremerton serving meals during this shut down.
We could really, really use donations of canned chicken/tuna, “helper” type boxed meals, instant potatoes, pasta, sauce, rice, cold cereal and peanut butter/jelly to help fill those bags. Cash donations to assist in purchasing also is welcomed.
Remember, no glass containers for safety!!!
We also would LOVE volunteers to help fill and deliver those bags! We will post more information on this site as it comes available regarding times etc...
Today, we sent out our protein vouchers earlier than scheduled in anticipation that schools might close before Spring break. This will help families be able to have some increase $$ for purchasing healthy protein for their families at Saar's and WinCo during the next few weeks.
We are so grateful for the community's generosity and support in helping us keep our vulnerable little ones close to your heart and on your mind, during this confusing maybe even scary time. Community working together is how we will weather this storm, and together we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children facing food insecurity!
Thank you for your help!!!
Crownhill Elementary Collects
2,660 lbs. in Biggest School Drive
March 2, 2020
Last week, Crownhill Elementary wrapped up a month long food drive for the Bremerton Backpack Brigade.
Volunteers picked up over 2,660 pounds of food donated to help the Brigade feed hungry kids!! THE BIGGEST SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE EVER!!
The Brigade offers a most grateful THANK YOU to students, parents, teachers and everyone else involved.
This food will really, really make a difference!
Thank You, Bremerton, For Great
Support That Makes BBB Possible
March 2, 2020
WOW! This response on one of our annual winter parent surveys brought tears to our eyes!
Currently we are serving over 250 children and their families each weekend who are struggling with food insecurity in our local schools. We think about and plan for our families every week.
Thank you Bremerton for your generous support as we all work together to build a stronger community.
We welcome you to ask questions, provide feedback, connect us with potential partnerships, or just say hello!
We have donation locations throughout Bremerton, WA for convienent drop off of shelf stable foods.
As always, thank you!
We always need help packing and delivering backpacks each week and with our recent expansion into all six Bremerton elementary schools, our need is greater than ever.