The nonprofit relief organization Feed the Children will be in Nampa tomorrow morning, dropping off nearly 1,000 backpacks filled with books and schools supplies for students in need.
At 9 a.m., a semi-truck from Feed the Children will pull up to the Nampa School District Warehouse, 12 15th Ave. South in Nampa. About 40 volunteers will be on hand to help unload 960 backpacks full of school supplies and books for children and youth identified as homeless in the Nampa and Vallivue school districts.
The truck will then continue on to deliver backpacks to students in Montana.
We know the population of homeless children in the state of Idaho is growing. Students are identified as homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.
The Nampa School District has seen an increase in children and youth identified as homeless, from 149 in the 2008-2009 school year to 757 students in 2009-2010.
The number of homeless students in the Vallivue district has increased as well, from 39 students in 2008-2009 to 145 last school year.
We at the State Department of Education are grateful to Feed the Children organization for its generous donation. Feed the Children is a nonprofit relief organization that delivers food and other necessities to individuals, children, and families in poverty.
We also extend a huge thanks to Peggy Miller, homeless education liaison for the Nampa School District, who helped make this event happen.
~ Melissa M.