Backpacks for Kids





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Idaho Falls

Total Budget: $2,762

Areas of Focus: Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: The Idaho Falls Rotary Club to collaborate to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community by funding backpacks for children with food, clothing and hygiene products.

The Idaho Falls Rotary Club hopes to collaborate with the United Way's mission is to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County (UWIFBC) fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in our community. With more than 80 years of experience, the UWIFBC is a strategic community leader, convener and advocate with in-depth knowledge of the communities we serve, the challenges that affect them and the organizations having the most impact. Serving Bonneville, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton counties in eastern Idaho.

This project would impact program funding towards ALICE families. ALICE is Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed; essentially Idaho's working poor. Over 40% of families within the counties served, were identified as ALICE families, throughout the recovery of the pandemic.

ALICE is a hardworking member of our community. ALICE is employed, but doesn't make enough to cover basic necessities. ALICE cannot always pay their bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices, such as paying childcare or paying rent. ALICE families cannot afford camps, tutoring, sports, or other activities for children. Based on the most recent information from United for Alice report on children, 1 in 3 kids between the ages of 5 and 17 in Idaho go to bed hungry.

Ready. Set. GO! Is our basic needs program that was created 4 years ago based on a pilot program held at Hawthorne Elementary in District 91. The purpose of the Ready, Set, Go! program is to ensure that students have access to food, clothing, and hygiene items throughout the school year. This program helps to create equity in the classroom for the students and the confidence to be ready to learn! One component of this program is the Weekend Food Backpacks that are distributed at school sites with items that children are able to eat or prepare without adult supervision. This program provides healthy foods such as dairy, fruits, and vegetables as a part of their meals. Over the longer school breaks we provide supplemental food for families to ensure students have access to nutritious foods when they are not in school. Funding previous was received grant funding to support distribution for 100 backpacks a week, sadly the need has grown throughout the year and we are now packing 400 bags a week for 14 schools in our area. Following Feeding America's guidelines, UWIFBC purchase the food for the program, to ensure the proper care and handling of the food items. Each bag cost's just over $6.50 for two and half days of food for the students. Each week UWIFBC is spending over $2,600 for food, we have 100 backpacks covered by a grant, the difference is $1950/week. This funding would fill that gap and funding the program for more backpacks and supplies to be provided. The Idaho Falls Rotarians will also engage with the project by packing the bags and being "People of Action".

Project Contact Person

District: 5400

Rotary Club of: Idaho Falls

Primary Contact: Kristin Sanger

Email: ksanger@eastidahocu.org

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Marianne Barker

The final step to turning in your grant application is to get it signed by your incoming club president and the primary contact person. On the administration (gray button) side of the description tab, click "start club signature process" To be considered for funding, your application must be signed electronically by both persons no later than June 1st.


by Catherine Smith

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Catherine Smith

System Entry: Project signed by Catherine Smith.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Kristin Sanger.


by Marianne Barker

Your 2023-24 district grant project will be included in D5400's block grant application to The Rotary Foundation in July. Do not place orders or spend money on the project until you hear from the district that TRF has approved our block grant, as you cannot be reimbursed for expenses incurred prior to TRF approval. Call Marianne Barker at 208 308-5617 if you have any questions. Thank you!


by Marianne Barker

The Rotary Foundation approved the District 5400 block grant on July 11, 2023. We’ll send your grant award as soon as the block grant is funded by TRF. You can safely incur costs now. If you have questions or need help, please contact Marianne Barker at (208) 308-5617


by Marianne Barker

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Marianne Barker

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


by Marianne Barker

Please do not reply to this email. You should have received your grant by now, mailed to your club’s mailing address Aug. 11. We are using a bill payer service this year, and the envelope will look different than in the past. Please tell your treasurer to watch for it, and not to discard. Please call me if you don’t have your check (208) 308-5617. Ignore the physical address on the check – D5400 is still PO Box 9592, Boise, ID 83707.

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