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

Covid-19 Response


When school abruptly ended in March, many kids lost access to daily food.  Many groups and organizations, including Booster Pak, have stepped up to help.  Booster Pak is currently partnering with the West Des Moines Community School District to provide fresh and frozen foods to the most needy in our community through the District’s Home Delivery program.  We sponsor 1-2 family packs per week at a cost of $6 per pack.  These packs include a family style meal that might include things like a casserole, fresh fruit and fresh or frozen vegetable.

The cost of these packs is beyond our normal budget.  If you’d like to help us with these costs, please click here to DONATE.

We appreciate your support.

Melanie Menken, President