On a usual Friday, Thurston County’s Homeless Backpacks assembles 600 bags of food and delivers them to the various buildings in Thurston County public school districts to feed at-risk children over the weekend. Well, it is anything but usual with the Stay at Home orders created by the Covid-19 crisis. The numbers of bags needed with the crisis has skyrocketed to over a 1000. Coupled with the increased need with the changes to distribution and Homeless Backpacks is facing a major challenge.
A challenge they intend to meet, but they need your help. You can help by buying extra items when you are at the grocery store and dropping them by the Lacey Columbia Bank branch at 665 Woodland Square Loop SE. Items most in need are canned pasta, chili, tuna, and individually wrapped snacks. If you would rather donate money, please visit the organization’s Facebook Page “Homeless Backpacks” or their website homelessbackpacks.org and click on Donate Now. If you are a business and interested in being a bag sponsor for $1500, please contact them through these same sites.
With the shortages of foods at many of our grocery stores, the challenges facing Homeless Backpacks now include increased prices on items they typically buy. A bag that last month would run the organization about $8, now costs $9 because they are forced in some instances to buy more expensive brands. Their weekly budget to provide more bags has grown by more than $4200. Now more than ever, this worthy organization needs your help.
Founded in 2006 with a mission of “Ending Homelessness One Face at a Time”.