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.

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09/24/2019

Packing Party

4:30pm - 6pm

New Hope Community Church, 33 Grant Street, Potsdam NY

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09/24/2019

Packing Party

The sisters of Kappa Delta Chi Beta Beta Chapter will come together to prepare snack packs for Potsdam Central School District students.

4:30pm - 6pm

New Hope Community Church, 33 Grant Street, Potsdam NY

10/10/2019

Food Access Workshop & Luncheon

10am - 2:30pm

Best Western University Inn, 90 East Main Street, Canton, NY

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10/10/2019

Food Access Workshop & Luncheon

Free workshop open to all Community Feeding Program Staff & Volunteers. There will be presentations throughout the day, networking, and lots of opportunity for discussion to share best practices and concerns. The event is jointly sponsored by the Health Initiative (a big supporter of the snack pack program), Creating Healthy Schools and Communities in St. Lawrence County, and the Food Bank of Central New York. 

10am - 2:30pm

Best Western University Inn, 90 East Main Street, Canton, NY

10/16/2019

Trivia Night Fundraiser

7pm - 9pm

Cactus Grill and Cantina, 11 Raymond Street, Potsdam, NY

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10/16/2019

Trivia Night Fundraiser

Join us for 'Quiz for a Cause' Trivia Night Fundraiser. Cost/donation is $5 per person. Prize will be awarded to the winning team! Come with a team or join a group at The Grill. 

7pm - 9pm

Cactus Grill and Cantina, 11 Raymond Street, Potsdam, NY

10/23/2019

Packing Party

4:30pm - 6pm

New Hope Community Church, 33 Grant Street, Potsdam, NY

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10/23/2019

Packing Party

Members of the Potsdam high school Varsity Volleyball team will be onsite to prepare snack packs for Potsdam students. The volleyball team members participated in a volleyball camp and donated $250 to the snack pack program this past summer. We really appreciate their enthusiasm and support!

4:30pm - 6pm

New Hope Community Church, 33 Grant Street, Potsdam, NY

Downloads

The below forms pertain to the Potsdam Snack Pack Program. 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. For further 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 Program Enrollment Form (pdf)

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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.