The school year is underway and so are the Friday Food Bag Foundation’s efforts to feed Laramie County School District 1 students on the weekends.

The Friday Food Bag Foundation is a non-profit organization in Cheyenne, which uses entirely grant funding, private donations and volunteers to fill, and delivers 960 free bags of food a week to students in Laramie County who may not have access to food on the weekends. 

The Friday Food Bag Foundation works with social workers, and nurses at each elementary, junior high, and high school in Laramie County in an effort to distribute food to students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches.The Friday Food Bag Foundation runs on a budget of $170,000 funded entirely from grants and donations.

Although the Friday Food Bag Foundation hands out 875 bags of food each week, there are over 5,800 students in Laramie County School District 1 which are eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals at school. The  Friday Food Bag Foundation uses a formula to send a specific number of bags to each school in the district, and allow the local school’s nurses and counselors are used to hand out the bags to those with the most need. When donations to the Food Bag Foundation rise, the number of bags distributed also increases.

Changes For 2019 for food bags

Students receiving bags during the 2019-20 school year will see some changes to the bags that will increase protein in the bags. Thanks to the work of Friday Food Bag Foundation Board Member Annie Weisz, a licensed dietician who works for Laramie County School District Number One, the bags will contain old favorites, such as single-serving pastas, and granola bars along with new additions of trail mix, cheddar chickpeas, pretzel goldfish, and a juice box. The new bags will provide 35 grams of protein compared to 26 grams of protein in last year’s bags. 

The cost per bag is also $.56 less than a year ago, which will increase the ability of Friday Food Bag Foundation to deliver another 97 bags per week to students in Laramie County.