Booster Pak’s mission is to help at-risk students in the West Des Moines Community Schools reach their fullest potential by reducing childhood hunger and promoting health and wellness. Without the food Booster Pak provides, many of these children would go hungry.

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What are the effects of hunger in West Des Moines?

  • Hungry children suffer from four times as many health problems.
  • Hunger has a negative impact on a child’s ability to learn.
  • Children with poor nutrition suffer from decreased brain power and productivity.
  • Children who are hungry have difficulty fighting infection.
  • Increased likelihood of social and behavioral problems in school.

To fulfill our mission, our volunteer-driven organization supports four programs.

  • BackPack Program
  • Pak
  • Pantry
  • Personal Care

The Need

  • 1 in 5 children in Iowa under the age of 18 are food insecure. Food insecure means families do not have enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times.
  • 30 percent of the students in the West Des Moines Community School District participate in federal meal programs
  • In the West Des Moines Community Schools, food insecurity is measured based on federal free and reduced lunch percentages and the number of students served through our Back Pack, Pak, and Pantry programs.
  • There are no weekend congregate meal sites in the communities served by the West Des Moines Community School district.


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