11.8%

Percentage of Jefferson Country youth (under 18) that live below the Federal Poverty Level.

30%

Percentage of students enrolled in Jeffco Public Schools (grades Pre-K through 12th) eligible for free and reduced lunch.

14%

Percentage of Colorado high school students who reported they went hungry at least sometimes due to a lack of food at home.

1 in 7

Colorado kids of all ages lived in households that experienced food insecurity between 2014 & 2016.

Hungry? We can help...

 

Do you have enough food to eat when you need it? Are you a single parent who could use the extra help? Maybe a grandparent who is struggling with the increased cost of groceries? If this resembles your situation Mountain Backpacks can help. We provide food assistance to your student and any child living in your home. The only qualification is hunger. A parent, student or staff member can request help with food anytime throughout the school year. We ask for contact information but it is not required. We have four avenues for keeping kids full. 1) Weekend meals 2)Snacks 3) Groceries 4) Food pantries.

Weekend Food

Backpacks filled with meals, snacks, fresh fruit and dairy will be ready to take home every Thur/Fri. Students are asked to return backpacks every week so we can PACK.EAT.REPEAT all year long!

School Day "Snack Pack"

Your weekend backpack will have your "snack pack" for the following school week. 1 for each day. 

Grocery Boxes

For Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring break we will have grocery boxes for families to pick up and take home.  Boxes will include snacks and easy to fix meals. We will connect you to community resources for holiday meals and other support.

Food Pantry

At several of our schools we have food pantries which are open to every student at school dealing with emergency hunger. It may be a forgotten lunch (or no money for lunch) or a big test is this morning and you forgot to eat breakfast. We stock our pantries with quick and easy grab and go food. If you do not take home a backpack but need weekend food, this is for you too. 

More about Us...

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DONATION DROP OFF LOCATIONS

Mountain Backpacks is a supplemental food program whose mission is to help kids stay full and focused throughout the school year. We do this through the power of volunteerism and community support. We are a service project of the Evergreen Rotary Foundation and Evergreen Lutheran Church and a proud partner of the Food Bank of the Rockies. We work closely with and have been mentored by Evergreen Christian Outreach since we began in 2013.  From our home base in Evergreen we also support children living in Clear Creek and Gilpin County. We were started by Evergreen residents Shelley Harmon and Janet Anderson with the intent of helping children eat and learn how to give back. Currently we have student volunteers from National Charity League, National Honor Society, Scouts of America and Interact who help us hold food drives and pack our backpacks. 

 

Turn your enrollment form into your school office or email Shelley Harmon at shelleyharmon89@gmail.com to get started. 

IT'S EASY TO HELP

JUST $300 FEEDS A CHILD FOR A YEAR

$220 PROVIDES 36 WEEKEND MEALS FOR A CHILD

$100 STOCKS ONE PANTRY 

PER SCHOOL PER YEAR

$50 PROVIDES WINTER BREAK MEALS FOR A CHILD

$25 PROVIDES SPRING BREAK/ THANKSGIVING BREAK MEALS

Evergreen Lutheran Church is located off of Highway 73. Office hours:  Monday thru Thursday 9am - 3pm and Friday 9am - 1pm.

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Madison and Company is located at 1193 Bergen Parkway in the King Sooper shopping center. 

Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm

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Hearthfire is located at 1254 Bergen Pkwy. Store hours are Monday thru Friday 9am-8pm. Sat- Sun 10am - 8pm. 

Thank You "Summer Fun" Sponsors for providing our Evergreen kids with free meals and treats to enjoy over the summer.

MOUNTAIN BACKPACK PROGRAM EST. 2013

Special Thanks To Our Food Partners For Helping Us Keep Kids Full & Focused!