Backpack Summit Resources

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    Breakout Session Notes

    At the 2015 Backpack Summit, participants attended a variety of breakout sessions addressing common questions about starting/maintaining/expanding backpack programs - the notes from these sessions are located here.
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    Food Product Dating.docx

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    Information on legal requirements for dating food product and guidelines for date labels
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    Grocery Stores

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    Wondering where Seattle's current backpack programs get their food? While some programs rely entirely on internal food drives, others (especially those run by food banks) purchase from or create donor relationships with grocery stores. Since contacting your local grocery store to bulk order food for you can be helpful, here's a list of grocery stores that these programs currently have partnerships with.
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    How to start a backpack program

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    Backpack program starter toolkit published by Hunger Free Colorado
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    Identifying Hungry Students - Adams Elementary

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    This short activity, appropriate for children in elementary school, is one way that teachers at Adams Elementary figure out which students are in need of extra resources and support.
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    Northwest Harvest's backpack program guide

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    Thinking of starting up a program at your school? Northwest Harvest's backpack program guide has some useful things to consider, logistical advice, and tips for success!
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    Nutritional and Special Dietary Needs

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    When creating a backpack program, what types of food should you distribute? Is it feasible to factor nutrition into your budget? How about culturally appropriate food? Check out this helpful checklist with things to think about from the Seattle Nutrition Action Consortium (SNAC).
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    Tutu's Pantry Best Practices

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    A comprehensive guide of best practices from Tutu's Pantry, a small, parent-run backpack program in Stevens Elementary in Seattle.