Rathdrum Lion's Club Foundation

The Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, accepts money via grants, endowments, cash donations and activities to feed approximately 200 elementary school children on the weekends for the entire school year.

** Mission Statement **

Feed body and brain and watch them grow! We aim to fight hunger, and increase learning potential, in school age children identified as in need. By bringing community partners and resources together, we provide supplemental weekend nutrition throughout the school year.

**Project Description**

We purchase nutritional food from the Second Harvest Food Bank twice a year and store it in our approved storage facility.  Every month we assemble 200 individual food kits.  Every Thursday we deliver the food kits to the six elementary schools in Lakeland School District #272 in Rathdrum, Idaho.  Every Friday a school representative places the food in the backpacks and hand them to the children as they leave school.  This  goes on for the entire school year.

This project is called the Weekend Nutritional Backpack Program.

The children in the Rathdrum area that are returning to school on Mondays malnourished and non-attentive in class have been identified by the school nurses and counselors.  The State of Idaho does not have a program to feed these children on the weekends.  This is an ongoing problem and each year the number of children fluctuate. 

For $250.00, we can send a child home every Friday with enough nutritional food for the two and three-day weekends for the entire school yearThis food does not require a stove, refrigerator or microwave.  Please consider "sponsoring a child" for $250.00. If you cannot donate the full amount, ANY amount you can give will help the program.  Please make your check out to the Rathdrum Lions Club Foundation and mail to Rathdrum Lions Club, P.O.Box 679, Rathdrum, Id 83858.  Indicate the money is for the Weekend Backpack Program.  Your donation is tax deductible.  For more information on how the program works, please contact us.

Becky Randles 208-755-3275

Lonnie Morse 208-777-5157

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