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Healthy Youth

We strive to bridge the gap between childhood hunger and access to healthy and nutritional food so each child can develop and grow, succeed in school, and have a feeling of self-worth.

GoodRoots Northwest provides kid-friendly food bags, called POWER PACKS, to students every Friday during the school year and during the summer. Each bag is filled with a weekend's amount of food so the student can return to school on Monday nourished and ready to learn. Your student's school counselor can help with the signup process.

A GoodRoots micro-program is the Healthy Youth - Power Pack program, which provides weekend food sacks that contain breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and snacks for two days for at-risk children within the Dieringer and Bonney Lake School District. Access to healthy foods gives children the necessary vitamins and minerals to meet physical and cognitive milestones, positive social interactions, and fewer behavioral or health issues. 

The outcomes of such programs can be very positive and impactful, as they address an essential need among vulnerable children. Some of the potential consequences include:

Improved nutrition: Children receiving bags with nutritious food are less likely to experience hunger or malnutrition. Proper nutrition can positively impact their physical health and cognitive development.

Enhanced school performance: When children have access to adequate food, they may experience improved concentration, focus, and energy levels, leading to better academic performance.

Increased attendance and participation: Children are more likely to attend school regularly when they know they will have access to nutritious meals. Additionally, the program may encourage children to participate more actively in school activities and extracurriculars.

Alleviation of financial strain on families: The backpack program can help relieve some of the financial burden on low-income families, allowing them to allocate their limited resources to other essential needs.

Positive emotional impact: Knowing they will receive food assistance regularly can reduce stress and anxiety among children and their families, promoting emotional well-being.

Long-term health benefits: Adequate nutrition during childhood can have long-term health benefits, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and promoting overall well-being into adulthood.

Breaking the cycle of poverty: By providing crucial support during childhood, these programs may help break the cycle of poverty, as children who receive proper nutrition and education are more likely to have better opportunities later in life.