Backpack Weekend Project





History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: El Centro, CA

Total Budget: $2,520

Areas of Focus: Maternal and child health, Community economic development

Activity Type: Food/Agriculture: General

Summary: Provide 14 non descript backbacks full of food to K-12 students to feed their families for the weekend

Imperial County is a rural community, highly dependent of agriculture, surrounded by the desert. The unemployment rate is normally 24% or higher. Due to COVID, the unemployment rate is significantly higher now. It is estimated that 1 in 3 school age children has food insecurity in the county. Because of that, there are a lot of families that depend on the Imperial Valley Food Bank for everyday meals.

At any given point, the Food Banks distributes non-descript backpacks to 700 children k-12, from 38 different Imperial Valley schools. The goals is to expand the backpack program to feed 1000 children.

It costs $180 per year to sponsor a backpack. The backpack is full of food that varies depending on availability. However, it usually includes rice, beans, juice, tuna, fruit, vegetables, canned soups, etc.

14 backpacks x $180 a year = $2520. The club will pay for $1320, and the District Matching grant will pay for $1200

Project Contact Person

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: El Centro

Primary Contact: Karina B Alvarez

Email: k_alvarez@yahoo.com

Project Status

This project is "Reported". This means that a report has been forwarded for review to the district leadership. This report is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once the report is accepted, the status of the project will be changed to "Completed".

Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





El Centro (5340)









Project Supporting Documents

Final Report

Rotary of El Centro


Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Karina B Alvarez

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Karina B Alvarez.


by Karina B Alvarez

System Entry: Project reverted to "Submitted" - James Garcia added to the list of signatories.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by James Garcia.


by Elana Levens-Craig

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by James Morrison

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


by Karina B Alvarez

System Entry: Final Report signed by Karina B Alvarez.


by James Garcia

System Entry: Final Report signed by James Garcia.

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