November 19, 2021

Giving Tuesday is November 30, 2021

Giving Tuesday, support Weekend Survival Kits

Giving Tuesday is a great time to include your favorite local charity in your year-end giving plans. Weekend Survival Kits is a program in mid-Michigan that provides weekend food supports for children who qualify for free or reduced lunch during the school week. Teachers report that there are high incidences of students coming to school on Monday unable to concentrate on schoolwork because of insufficient food at home. Historically the Weekend Survival Kits program which addresses this lack of food over the weekends has helped to level the field academically for many students.

The federal stimulus and various financial supports from the US Government has been a blessing for many families, however the financial support programs will not last forever. It is expected that in this school year we will begin to see the gap get even bigger between the “haves and the have-nots.”

At Weekend Survival Kits the need for financial resources are still significant, especially as we are partnering with the Greater Lansing Food Bank in a special effort to increase distribution of the weekend food kits to more schools in the Lansing School District …with help from a grant from Jackson National.

Since the pandemic, the food bank has generously offered to cover the cost of food which goes in the food kits.  WSK typically purchases our food from the Greater Lansing Food Bank to stretch your donated dollars much further than they would go if food was procured from a big box retailer.   With a hefty new target goal of kids to feed, our administrative costs are going to rise and there is no guarantee that the resources from major donor organizations will continue. Since the beginning, Weekend Survival Kits has counted on individual donors and families to help accomplish our goal of Giving Hope to Hungry Kids.

And now that the new school year is well underway, our popular snack program is back in action.  Participating schools who wish to opt into the Weekday Survival Snack program will receive boxes of nut-free, shelf-stable snacks which teachers may access for any student who has not brought a snack from home.

Counting Weekend Survival Kits in on your year-end gifts is easy. On our website you can make your gift by clicking on the Donate button. After making your Giving Tuesday gift to Weekend Survival Kits feel free to use the attached Giving Tuesday logo on your social media accounts to encourage your friends to do the same!

Thank you for your continued support of Weekend Survival Kits!