As parents of Mintonye students, we are seeking your support for the Food Finder's Backpack Program. This program is currently in place in nine area counties serving over 1700 children. At all participating schools, food is distributed through a network of volunteers on Fridays before the children leave for the weekend. Thanks to the buying power and donations of Food Finders Food Bank, it costs only $5 per child, per week to provide up to 10 pounds of "kid friendly" and nutritious food for the weekend. Although many schools receive state grant support, the Mintonye program is funded through private donations and volunteer efforts. Child participants are selected based on the National Free and Reduced Lunch program and the school counselor's awareness of each child's situation. Most of our recipients are in a household with a single parent, or parents who are classified as working poor, those individuals who are employed but don't earn enough to make ends meet.