When the program was launched in November 2016, snack packs were distributed to 40 elementary school students. As teachers and counselors continued to identify eligible students, and parents signed the required permission slips, the number of students served has continued to increase.
The Snack Pack Program is totally dependent on the generosity and involvement of community members and organizations. Volunteers normally meet at 9 AM on Thursdays at New Hope Community Church to prepare the snack packs. The names of the students receiving the snacks are confidential and not released to the program coordinator or other volunteers. The school counselors receive the designated number of snack packs for their school and the items are discretely distributed to the students. If you have a child who may be eligible to receive a snack pack, please contact the school counselor. We want to ensure that no child goes hungry over the weekend, and that every child is fully prepared to be an active learner when she or he returns to school.
Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated, as they allow us to have greater control over the inventory, and purchase items in bulk. For a donation of $100 a child in need of nutritional food can be helped for one school year. Checks can be made out to the Potsdam Snack Pack Program and mailed to the address below. Monetary donations can also be made at any branch of North Country Savings Bank; just let the bank teller know that it's for the Potsdam Snack Pack Program. For more information about other ways you can support the program, please call, or follow them on Facebook.