Each week we provide reusable bags with shelf-stable whole, unprocessed, fresh food and locally harvested produce to all preschool families for use during times when schools are closed, such as weekends and holiday breaks. Bags are universally distributed – meaning all families will be provided with food regardless of need – each week in BVSD classrooms. Bags also contain nutrition information, recipes using bag contents, cooking class opportunities, and other resources. The bag program combats food insecurity, hunger, and poor nutrition, and is a unique opportunity to alter students’ perceptions of food and offer nutrition education.
The No Student Hungry Partnership of BVSD, Community Food Share and the YMCA of Boulder Valley is an accredited LIVE UNITED Collaborative of Foothills United Way.
Thanks in part to funding from the City of Boulder's Health Equity Committee and revenue from the sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax, the 2017-18 school year, preschool families (and other select programs) at Alicia Sanchez, Birch, Columbine, Creekside, Emerald, Pioneer, Uni Hill and Whittier Elementary Schools and select student groups at Casey Middle School and Arapahoe Ridge High School will receive bags each week.