School, Community Work Together to Provide Backpack Meals


Ketochi graphic by River Hanson

The Cascade BPA chapter and National Honor Society work together to make backpack meals possible for students in need.

River Hanson, Staff Writer

The school and community of Cascade have a long tradition of lending a helping hand to those in need.

As a part of that tradition, the Backpack Meals program is an arrangement of small microwavable food items that go home with some of the students that need a little extra nutrition.

It all started several years ago when community member Farrah McGregor and the Northwest Farm Credit Union gave Business Professionals of America (BPA) and retired adviser Linda Cotton a grant of food designated to provide backpack meals to students who might need some food on the weekends.

Students involved in BPA and National Honor Society packed bags that included a day’s meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner items, two snacks), and then handed the bags off to Cascade guidance counselor Becky Satterwhite, who gives the meals to needy students on Friday afternoons.

That food donation lasted until the end of the year but the program was so successful and began to serve more and more kids, so the BPA and the National Honor Society continued the program through the community food bank.

“The backpack meals are a great way to help out students in our school,” said BPA adviser Cathy Workman. “It is a very worthwhile project and helps to make students’ lives better.”

In the long run, this act of goodwill will make a big difference in the community, its needy young people, and in those involved in helping to pack and distribute the bags.