Success for All Takes Us All
(Our District Motto)
The Culver City School District:
5 elemenatry schools
1 middle school
1 high school
1 continuation high school
Serving 6,500 students in Culver City, California
Over 45% of students are entitled to the free and reduced lunch program
Bob and Sidney Wallace, Supermarket Food Drive, July 2015
It started at one elementary where teachers noticed kids being hungry on Mondays. Parent and school volunteers put together simple backpacks to provide food for the weekends. During the week the kids were eligible for free or reduced lunches and breakfasts, but something had to be done about weekend food uncertainty.
Food ready to be packed into backpacks.
3 backpacks turned into 19 very quickly. Led by community members and our District Superintendent, David LaRose, the program went district-wide in December 2013. Under the auspices of the Culver City Council PTA, the Culver City Backpacks for Kids Program was created to solve food uncertainity at every single Culver City public school campus. The district program started with 50 and grew to 75. In 2016 we are now filling 120 packs each week, with more to come. (The District started a summer food program, a Culver Closet, and a Culver Needs Program, but that is a different story.)
Supported by the Culver City Council PTA, the Backpacks for Kids Program is run entirely by volunteers and receives no funding from School District, state or federal sources. Food drives are held in December at all school sites, and twice a year Backpacks hosts a food and donation drive at a local supermarket. Monetary donations come from individuals, local businesses, and local social organizations.
We sure could use some help, care to donate?