Hunger Doesn’t Stop On The Weekends

Helping Local Tupper Lake Students in Need

When local North Country students leave school at the end of the week, they still need healthy meals. But for some families who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs to help feed their families, that can be a challenge.

Tupper Lake Backpack Program

To help support and feed our local community, Adirondack Regional FCU partnered with ARISE (Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy) and Tupper Lake Central School District to receive a grant from Adirondack Foundation to launch the Tupper Lake Backpack Program in 2021. Every Friday during the school year, qualifying Tupper Lake students receive a backpack filled with enough healthy, easy-to-prepare food to last through the weekend.

Each Backpack contains:

  • 2+ breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal packets, graham crackers, granola bars)
  • 3+ entrées (mac & cheese, PB & J, Spaghettios, tuna, soup)
  • A loaf of bread
  • Milk card for a gallon of milk (distributed every other week)
  • Egg card for a dozen eggs (distributed every other week)
  • Fresh fruits
  • Canned vegetables (distributed monthly)
  • 2 snacks (cookies, popcorn, pudding, etc.)

Food insecurity is a widespread challenge: A 2018 study showed 850,000 children participate in backpack programs nationwide. Of those, 1,100 were attending schools in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties, according to a report produced around that time by the Adirondack Foundation.

Since last year, the Tupper Lake program has delivered food to 40 students and their 9 families. Our partners at ARISE use the charitable donations received to coordinate the purchase of food from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY for each backpack.

Can you Help Feed a Local Child?

It costs $375 annually to provide a backpack for one student. If you are interested in helping feed local Northern NY children in need, consider stopping by your local credit union branch to drop off a monetary donation. Any amount will help ensure the region’s youth get the sustenance they need to be their best.