FOUR FACTS ABOUT THE ANDES CENTRAL SCHOOL SNACK PACK PROGRAM
- Initiated by Dr. Robert Chakar, ACS Superintendant; Tom Joyce, Andes Board member; and Joi Brundege, Andes Community Food Bank
- The program began in April 2014
- Provides a pack of healthy snacks to take home each Friday, for Andes Central School children in pre-K to 2nd grade
- Financed by donations from the community.
Each Friday volunteers put together bags of 5-6 healthy snacks. With the ever-increasing percentage of snacking compared with sitting down to a meal, this program aims to encourage healthy foods. The emphasis is on fresh fruit and vegetables; protein (nuts, cheese, hard boiled eggs); no-sugar-added dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries and banana chips; crackers made of seeds, nuts and healthy grains; non-sweetened apple sauce. The volunteers carefully read the ingredients listed on all packaged items to ensure that these guidelines are respected.
We recognize that not all the snacks are equally loved! Our hope is that parents will encourage children to try everything.
Occasionally Delaware Opportunities provides items that are suitable for the Snack Pack program, but the majority of the snacks are purchased with donations provided by the generous Andes community. We would like to provide even more healthy snacks such as Greek yogurt, more nuts, a wider variety of fruit. If you would like to support this effort, please make your checks out to the Andes Presbyterian Church noting that the donation is intended for the Snack Pack program. If you would like to donate items, please check with Tom or Joi. Thanks for getting involved! ~