So as part of the Mesa Leadership Program we have lots of tours of programs and facilities around our community. The first one was this morning and we visited AZBrainfood, a nonprofit organization that packs bags of food each week for needy elementary students to take home over the weekend.
AZBrainfood was started in 2009 by a concerned local mom, Ruth Collins, who found out from a teacher that some students would come to school hungry Monday mornings.
The program grew from a few students at two schools the first year to more than 2,600 this year throughout Mesa.
Fast Fact: “Arizona Brainfood is a non-profit organization that discreetly provides a backpack of food to feed hungry school children on the weekends. We hope that each child will return to school every Monday mentally aware and physically able to concentrate” (from the website).
It’s all run completely by volunteers and donations and anyone who wants to help pack the bags shows up at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at their warehouse, provided by Mesa Public Schools, at 325 E. McKellips.
Did you know? Sixty-five percent of Mesa’s elementary-aged children qualify for the federal program of free or reduced lunch at school. For some of these children, their only food comes from the school lunch programs. Unfortunately, many have little or no food to eat on the weekends (from the website).
For more information on AZBrainfood or how to donate, visit the website: http://www.azbrainfood.org/