Chimacum Backpacks for Kids – 2020-21 School Year

By Marily Chadwell, Board Member

At the end of a very challenging school year, we want the community to know that we persevered and made sure that bags of nutritious, kid-friendly food were delivered each and every week to the students in need in the Chimacum public schools.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all those people whose effort made this program work.  When in-person classes stopped, our model of delivering food to the school for the children became useless. School staff quickly made revisions to the delivery system and soon our bags were going out on bus routes to reach the children. Despite the constantly changing obstacles, the counselors and food services staff demonstrated persistence and flexibility to keep food moving to the kids. When the risks associated with in-person gatherings were greatest, our volunteers got themselves vaccinated and returned as soon as they could to do the work of packing and delivering under the new, more restrictive circumstances. Working together with the Chimacum schools and limited volunteers, we got the job done.

We also want to recognize Sue and John Laird, managers at the Tri-Area Food Bank, for the many contributions they provide on our behalf. They give us a place to store food and pack bags each week along with helping us find alternative sources for cost effective food supplies. John and Sue understand and are empathetic to the needs of children who require the extra level of support our program provides. Their help makes our process smoother and our efforts more productive and for that we are most grateful!

So, by the end of the 2020-21 school year, we had packed and delivered 2,514 bags to children in the Chimacum schools.  We are so grateful for the continued support of our community, and we relied on the many donations we received this year to keep our program going.

Thank you, Port Ludlow community, for your generosity throughout this most unusual school year. We could not have done it without you!