Our kids need your help.

At the end of the the school week in the West Des Moines Community School District, a student will open their locker and find a sack of food has been placed there. This will occur multiple times at every elementary, junior high school, Valley Southwoods, Walnut Creek and Valley High School.

The food goes home with these students because there’s a good chance that without it, they will go hungry this weekend.

Booster Pak supplies our students with this food. It’s an organization with no paid staff that relies solely on volunteers. For years, it has coordinated the effort — supplies, volunteers and teachers — to put food in the hands of students in need.

The demand continues to increase and that’s why we’re asking for your help.

Would you make a financial donation to Booster Pak?

Would you donate food or personal care products?

Would you volunteer one hour a month?

It takes an entire community to ensure all our students have the opportunity to be successful. We need your help.

  • 1 out of 3 children in the West Des Moines Community School District are food insecure.
  • Food insecurity and hunger prevent students from realizing their full academic potential.
  • Hunger affects the ability of a student to focus, learn and remember what he is taught. It also affects other students learning in the classroom.
  • School breakfast and lunch are a lifeline while students are at school. Booster Pak helps children when they aren’t in school- lunch on Friday can be the last meal a student has before breakfast on Monday.

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A Note From The President

How We’re Helping


Our kids are back to learning and Booster Pak is here to make sure they come to school ready to learn. We have programs in every building in the West Des Moines School District. Our goal is that no student goes hungry.

Here are the ways we’re helping:

  • Onsite Learners – Students may register for Booster Pak programs by contacting their guidance counselor or school office for a registration form. Once the completed form is returned to school, learners will begin receiving a pak. If your school is closed due to Covid-19, we will work with your school to deliver additional paks when learning returns onsite or we will make paks available through a designated Grab-N-Go site.
  • Online Learners – Registration forms are available through Nutrition Services or at your designated Grab-N-Go site. If you opt for onsite learning, your registration form will be forwarded to your onsite school.
  • Family Paks – If your family is in need of emergency assistance, we can arrange to have a family pak delivered to your school or make arrangements for you to pick up food from one our our pantries at Valley, Walnut Creek or the Learning Resource Center.

Here are some other resources in our community that might be helpful:

If you’d like to help, please click here to DONATE.

We appreciate your support.

Melanie Menken, President