Prince of Peace (PoP) UMC started the BPSA mission in June 2012 for the 2012 - 2013 school year. The purpose is to provide food for needy elementary school children in Prince William County, so that they have something to eat on weekends when school meals are not available. Our goal is to help students be healthy and eager learners.
In our first year, we provided weekend meals for 10 students in one local Title 1 school (see below for definition of Title 1 school). During the 2013-2014 school year, we initially provided weekend meals for 15 students. Due to a special request by the school, we added two additional children to the program. For the 2014-2015 school year, we are again providing meals for 17 students.
PoP's Backpack Snack Attack (BPSA) program is modeled after a similar program in Manassas Park, VA started by Trinity Episcopal Church. School personnel are responsible for selecting the children who are most in need. PoP volunteers purchase food, fill the packs and deliver them to the school. The school staff is careful to protect and deliver them to the school. The school staff is careful to protect the privacy of the students and meal packs are given to the students discreetly.
BPSA provides two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and two snacks, including fresh fruit, for each student each weekend. Over the school year, this is approximately 216 meals and 72 snacks per student. The approximate cost for a weekend's meals is $11.00 per student (as of the 2013-2014 school year).
The food we provide has been selected for nutritional value and for convenience of preparation. The foods are low in fat and sodium and high in protein. Packaging is individually sized, ready to eat (including microwavable) and doesn't require refrigeration. Click here for a list of the brands we recommend in order to ensure consistent nutritional value. Other brands are acceptable, but please ensure donated items are of equivalent nutritional value.
This is a non-profit mission. All donations are used to purchase food for students. We have no administrative costs.
Title 1 Schools
"The basic principles of Title 1 state that schools with large concentrations of low-income students will receive supplemental funds to assist in meeting student's educational goals. Low-income students are determined by the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch programs. For an entire school to qualify for Title 1 funds, at least 40% of students must enroll in the free and reduced lunch program."