Willamette View residents donate to Backpack Buddies
In Oregon, one in four children struggle with hunger. When a child is deprived of adequate nutrition, their young mind can experience developmental impairments. This also can lead to more social and behavioral problems.
To meet the needs of these students, the North Clackamas Education Foundation established the Backpack Buddies program. This volunteer-run program provides nutritious take-home meals 37 weekends a year to nearly 800 students. The cost to feed one child per weekend is $4, or $150 to feed a child every weekend during the school year.
When Willamette View resident Ruth Friedel read an article about the Backpack Buddies program in the Milwaukie Pilot newsletter, she talked with Craig Van Valkenburg, CEO of the senior living center on River Road. He spoke with Loraine Collacchi of the Blue Heron Foundation and an idea was born. Van Valkenburg also talked with his Rotary club, and they liked the idea, too. So for the first time, Willamette View collected spare change for local children.