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Fighting Hunger and Our Amazing March Rising Star at Kidzz Helping Kidzz

Volunteers loading food donations for food drive supporting kidzz helping kidzz

You know how awesome it is when kids take the lead? That's exactly what the Kidzz Helping Kidzz Advisory Board does! They're always working to make a difference, and it's super inspiring.

Meet Bella, Our March Rising Star!

Food drive banner to raise awareness about food insecurity, kidzz helping kidzz

This month, we're all about celebrating Anabelle (Bella). She's an awesome part of our team, always ready to help other kids in need. Bella has a wonderful sense of humor and embraces life to the fullest!

Donated can of beans for food drive, supporting kidzz helping kidzz initiative

Bella loves Legos, baking, and hanging out with her cat, Nicky. Did we mention she has a great sense of humor?

Bella totally understands what it's like to be a kid in the hospital for months on end due to a bike injury she sustained in 2020. When reflecting on her participation in our 2023 toy drive, she noted:

“It makes me feel really good to help because I was in the hospital for an extended period of time, not just a normal stay. It makes me feel good to be helping kids that I know I can relate to.” 

Overflowing food donation box, contributions to kidzz helping kidzz food drive

Bella recalls receiving a toy at bedside and how it brought joy to her during a very challenging time in her life. Bella’s empathy and commitment to helping kids in need is truly inspiring. 

Bella, thank you for your amazing civic leadership! It is a sincere honor to have you as a member of our Kidzz Helping Kidzz Advisory Board!

Get Ready for Our First Food Drive!

Community comes together to sort food donations for kidzz helping kidzz program

March is a big month for us! We're super focused on something called food insecurity – that's when families don't have enough to eat. So, guess what? We're having our first-ever Kidzz Helping Kidzz food drive, fighting hunger here at home!

Kids from our Advisory Board joined us at our warehouse to make food collection boxes for select locations in Bremerton and Silverdale

We teamed up with our buddies, the Hope Scouts, to make these awesome food collection boxes. 

Wrapping those giant boxes took 2-people about 20-minutes to wrap, but hey, we made it fun! There was wrapping paper and tape everywhere. Constant sounds of packaging tape being pulled off roles to cover the boxes could be heard for hours!

There was lots of laughter as some of the younger kids played in the boxes and lots of cheering as we completed the work!

We distributed 28 of our beautifully made food collection boxes to local businesses, schools, and churches on March 1. We were joined by Hope Scout leaders, Jen and Adam Wiren who showed up in their large pickup truck to help us out.

All donated nonperishable food items will benefit the Bremerton Backpack Brigade and the Society of St. Vincent De Paul in Bremerton. 

We're hoping to collect tons of non-perishable food donations for families in need. 

Check out our awesome food drive flier!

Diverse hands holding food donations, symbolizing community unity through kidzz helping kidzz.

Here's what we really need:

  • Canned chicken, tuna, ham, vienna sausages, spam, beans

  • Peanut butter

  • Breakfast cereal

  • Oatmeal

  • Pancake mix

  • Muffin mix

  • Granola bars

Learn more on our Food Drive page! 

Backpacks Filled with Love (and Food!)

Child's artwork depicting the spirit of sharing and the kidzz helping kidzz initiative.

We're not just doing our own food drive – the Advisory Board is also busy filling backpacks with food for the Bremerton Backpack Brigade. This awesome nonprofit organization helps by providing a supplemental food source on weekends for children throughout the eight Bremerton Elementary schools who struggle with food scarcity. You wouldn't believe how many families need a little extra help!

Food insecurity is a growing challenge in our community. The number of families who experience food insecurity continue to rise each week. 

Parent feeling relieved as they head to work, thanks to kidzz helping kidzz reducing food-related stress.

Currently, the Bremerton Backpack Brigade provides 235 families with backpacks filled with food each week.

The backpacks we fill are super important for kids. Each one has stuff like fresh fruit, milk, and tons of yummy snacks. They go out to schools so kids can take them home discreetly – it's all about making sure they get the food they need.

We've been working with the Bremerton Backpack Brigade since 2018, and our kids are seriously dedicated to the cause.

Infographic demonstrating the link between food security provided by kidzz helping kidzz and improved child development.

Today Kidzz Helping Kidzz Advisory Board members filled 183 backpacks with practical kid friendly foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables, shelf-stable milk and juice. Each backpack had a number on it which identified the number of members in the family. Depending on the number of family members, Kidzz Helping Kidzz packed the appropriate amount of food. 

Community garden supporting kidzz helping kidzz with fresh produce, promoting long-term food solutions.

The backpacks will be delivered to the elementary schools tomorrow morning, where school staff discreetly distributes them to the students enrolled in the program. Each backpack contains enough food for the entire family. The students return the backpacks to their school on Mondays, to be picked up and refilled for the following weekend. We packed 1,500 lbs of food today! 

Kids learning about food sustainability, connected to the Kidzz Helping Kidzz food drive efforts.

Although the contents of the backpacks vary each week, today Kidzz Helping Kidzz packed the following items:

  • “Helper” Meals

  • Canned Chicken/Tuna

  • Macaroni & Cheese

  • Fruit cup/Pudding cup

  • Chili/Refried Beans

  • Popcorn

  • Cereal

  • Hot Cocoa & Apple Cider Mix

  • Shelf Stable Milk/Juice

  • Canned Vegetables/Fruit

  • Granola Bars

  • Soup

  • Mandarins

  • Squash

More fresh fruit and vegetables will be added to the backpacks tomorrow morning before they are distributed to the schools. Sign up here for Food Drive Updates!

We're hoping our first food drive will be a huge success! We want to help as many local families as possible.

Kidzz Helping Kidzz helping Bremerton Backpack Brigade feed hungry children, group photo.

We hope to make a dent in addressing food insecurity in our community by contributing at least 500 nonperishable food items to families in need!

Subscribe for blog updates – and we'll tell you exactly how many non-perishable food donations we collect and how many pounds of food we deliver!

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