Fundraising Event

Poster for Spring Dinner/Dance Fundraising event.

Party for a Purpose! POSTPONED!

Join us on Saturday, April 18, 2020 as we gather to thank our supporters and volunteers! The evening will feature entertainment by the Potsdam High School Jazz Ensemble, Student Artwork, Catering by PCP-BBQ, a Cash Bar, and dancing to the sound of Northbound band! 


Tickets are $50 per person or $350 to reserve a table for eight. Tickets can be purchased online or at the following locations around Potsdam: The UPS Store, 200 Market St., Brick and Mortar Music, 15 Market St., Potsdam Chamber of Commerce, and Foster The Plant Café, 55 Market Street. 

Community Involvement

As an all volunteer organization, we rely on community members to prepare snack packs, host food drives, and donate to the program. At least once a month we have "packing parties" so people who are unable to come on Thursday mornings can still participate in preparing snack packs.

3/16/2020

Packing Party & Food Collection

3 pm - 4:30 pm

33 Grant Street, Potsdam, NY

Event Details

3/16/2020

Packing Party & Food Collection

Employees of Fairfield by Marriott Canton will prepare snack packs for Potsdam Central School students.

3 pm - 4:30 pm

33 Grant Street, Potsdam, NY

3/23/2020

Packing Party

4:30 pm - 6 pm

33 Grant Street, Potsdam, NY

Event Details

3/23/2020

Packing Party

Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, Clarkson University

4:30 pm - 6 pm

33 Grant Street, Potsdam, NY

3/25/2020

Snack Pack Program Presentation

12 Noon - 1 pm

Ponderosa Restaurant, Potsdam, NY

Event Details

3/25/2020

Snack Pack Program Presentation

Program coordinator Laurell Brault will be the guest speaker at the Potsdam Rotary Club meeting.

12 Noon - 1 pm

Ponderosa Restaurant, Potsdam, NY

4/18/2020

"Party With A Purpose"

6 pm - 10pm

215 Sissonville Road, Potsdam, NY

Event Details

4/18/2020

"Party With A Purpose"

The first major fundraising event for the snack pack program will be held at The Stables at Windy Point. This will also be an opportunity to...

Event Details

6 pm - 10pm

215 Sissonville Road, Potsdam, NY

Downloads

To enroll a child in the program you can download and sign the enrollment letter and submit it to your child's teacher. The Snack Pack Flyer contains general information as well as a list of food items people can donate to the program. If you prefer to donate with a check please complete the snack pack donation form and mail with your check to The Potsdam Snack Pack Program, 200 Market Street #228, Potsdam, NY 13676.  For more information please email info@potsdamsnackpack.org.

Snack Pack Enrollment Letter (pdf)

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Snack Pack Flyer 2018 (pdf)

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Snack Pack Donation Form (docx)

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Sample Snack Pack Menu

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Additional Information

St. Lawrence County is one of the poorest counties in New York State. According to the most recent statistics provided by the SLC Community Development Program,  27.1% of children under 18 are living in poverty.  Each week hundreds of children leave school knowing that there may not be sufficient food at home. 


The Potsdam Snack Pack Program was started at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School as a way to meet an identified need. With the support of the Potsdam Lions Club and New Hope Community Church, the program was officially launched on November 4, 2016. For some students, the snack pack provides a little "extra" food to get them through the weekend. For others, it may be a very different story.


The number of students enrolled in the program has steadily increased over the past two years. At the end of the 2017-2018 school year 168 students across the Potsdam Central School District were receiving snack packs. By January 2019, the number of students receiving snack packs increased to more than 280 per week. We attributed the "surge" to the partial government shutdown over the holiday season.  


Since the start of the 2019-2020 school year, the numbers have increased each week.  As of September 20, 2019, more than 290 students from Head Start to the high school level are receiving snack packs. 


From the early days of the program, we have received tremendous support from individuals,  local businesses, and service organizations. New Hope Community Church donated a classroom that now functions as our storage and distribution site. One of our volunteers donated funds to purchase our first shelving unit, and Health Initiative, Inc. awarded us a grant t to purchase a refrigerator, additional shelving, and push cart.  We also received financial support from Agway, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Health Initiative, Inc., GardenShare, Lions Club, New Hope Community Church, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, North Country Savings Bank, BJ's Wholesale, Stewart's Shops, Gamer Craze in Canton, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Potsdam United Methodist Church and numerous individuals.  Various groups also hosted food drives and collected donations from local shoppers.  We are an all-volunteer organization with no overhead, so the funds donated are used to purchase food items. 


One of the added benefits of overseeing the snack pack program is all the wonderful, caring, and giving individuals I get to meet on a daily basis. We also have a dedicated group of volunteers who work diligently to prepare the snack packs and take care of any incidental issues that may arise.  Without their ongoing commitment to the program we would not be able to provide the current level of support to our young students.


Laurell Brault

Coordinator





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As a member of the Food Bank of Central New York, we are required to have an official food policy that governs the type of items we can include in the snack pack. We are committed to eliminating foods that are high in calories and low in nutrient density. Candy and soda are normally not included in snack packs, and we discourage collecting those items during our food drives.