To request that a child participate in the program click on permission - End 68 Hours of Hunger or read the letter that is copied below. This is the letter that goes home to all parents/guardians in the Kittery School District at the beginning of the school year.
End 68 Hours Of Hunger / Weekend Backpack Food Program
Kittery Schools would like to inform you about a free, confidential food program which provides students with meals between Friday school lunch and Monday school breakfast. Ensuring your child is well fed throughout the weekend is our main goal for this program. Guaranteeing your child's confidential participation in the program is also a top priority. The program is sponsored by “End 68 Hours of Hunger,” a local, private food program whose mission is to help families feed their children over the weekends. All food is non-perishable and easy to prepare. If your child has any food allergy, please let us know below and we will do our best to accommodate this need. Nut products are included for those not allergic, but children are informed that they are not to open the backpacks/bags until they arrive home.
Please sign below and return to the contact person at your child’s school as soon as possible.
Dana Rickerich, School Counselor at Mitchell School 439-1707
Kristin O’Neill School Counselor at Shapleigh - grades 6-8 439-2572
Betsy Burke, School Nurse at Traip Academy 439-1121
Permission to Participate in the Weekend Backpack Food Program
I give permission for my child ___________________________________to participate
in the Weekend Backpack Food Program. I understand that my child will receive a backpack or plastic bag of food each Friday afternoon. I will help my child return the empty backpack to school every Monday morning.
Please speak with your child about the program and then choose:
My child would prefer a backpack (return empty backpack to his or her cubby)
My child would prefer a plastic bag (no need to return)
Please list any food allergies________________________________________________
If you would like to help...
Please contact the coordinators of End 68 Hours of Hunger in Kittery
Pauli Rines 207-451-9054 or Kris Lynes 207-703-0311
Suggested Food For Backpacks (approximately $10 per child per week)
The schools require all of the “Best by” or “Use by” dates be current
• Milk, non-refrigerated ½ pint boxes
• Peanut Butter, plastic container 18 ounces
• Jelly, squeezable plastic
• Cereal, nutritional, individually packaged
• Oatmeal, individually packaged
• Fruit cups, individual plastic cups of peaches, oranges, applesauce, etc.
• Crackers, packaged in smaller ‘tubes’ within the boxes, e.g., saltines, graham
• Crackers, small packages of peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, Goldfish, etc.
• Macaroni and cheese, boxes
• Soup, canned with beef or chicken
• Pasta, canned e.g., canned ravioli, canned lasagna, canned spaghetti
• Nutrition bars, individually wrapped
• Fruit juices, individually packaged
• Ham, tuna, or chicken, canned
• Ramen noodles
• Snacks such as Goldfish, pretzels, pudding,
All food a child can eat as is or prepare themselves
Questions? Pauli Rines, 207.451.9054 or Kris Lynes, 207.703.0311
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