A homeless teen is one without a permanent address. This includes those who live with their families in shelters, those on their own and those staying with different friends each night. Some homeless teens are runaways who do not have access to a shelter or friend's home. It's sometimes hard to spot the homeless teen as they make every effort to blend in. We help South Sound homeless middle and high school students make a successful transition to adult life.
Homeless Backpacks is a non-profit 501c3 corporation committed to ending homelessness, by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens.
We provide food for the weekend to homeless teens in Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor Counties. Some teens are in government-supported meal programs during the school day, but on their own on the weekend. Each week, volunteers deliver food bags to local middle and high schools.
Each bag has enough food for the weekend, including milk, cereal, oatmeal, protein, snacks, and fruit. Students go to the counselor's or nurse's office and obtain the food, which is in a backpack or other discreet bag. That way, other students are not aware of the situation and participant privacy is preserved.
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