Our Backpack Program
When you are a single parent, low income, and new to an area, it can be confusing and scary, to say the least. I moved to Camano Island over the summer and had no idea of where to go for resources. When I signed my daughter up for school they asked if I would like to participate in the Backpack Program through the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. I’d never heard of such a program and was happy to receive any help I could get. I was on unemployment and struggling to pay the bills. My daughter’s school even offered to provide school supplies. I have lived all across the United States and never have I been to an area that was so community oriented. Everyone comes together for the good of helping others, especially the children.
I have never wanted a hand-out, only a hand-up and that’s exactly what this community has done for me. They have given me that hand-up and now I am proud to say that I am the new Children’s Program Coordinator for the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. Every day I am able to give that same hand-up to other families in need. I make sure that families, like myself, are able to have nutritious food and that no child goes hungry. As a parent, the worst feeling is feeling hopeless and helpless when life takes a turn and you must choose where your money goes…Do you pay the bills to provide a roof over your child’s head, or do you choose food? Programs like the H.O.P.E. Backpack Program are truly invaluable and without it, well, way too many children would go hungry. It takes a village to raise a child, and Stanwood/Camano is my village. To all of the donors who make this program possible, from my family to yours, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.