Booster Pak’s mission is to help at-risk students in the West Des Moines Community School District 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?

  • 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 three programs.

  • BackPack Program
  • Pak
  • Pantry

The Need

  • 1 in 7 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.
  • 35 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.

(As of October 21, 2020.)

A Note From The President

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Beginning November 16, 2020, our kids are back to continuous online learning and Booster Pak is here to make sure they come to school ready to learn. Our goal is that no student goes hungry.

Here are the ways we’re helping:

  • Booster Pak will be at the Grab and Go sites at Valley High School, Stilwell and Indian Hills on Fridays from 11 AM  – 1 PM to distribute packs to students registered in our program.
  • Booster Pak will be at the Valley High School Grab and Go site on Fridays from 5 PM  – 6 PM to distribute packs to students registered in our program.
  • Family Paks – If your family is in need of emergency assistance, we can arrange to have a family pak delivered to you or make arrangements for you to pick up additional food from one of the Grab and Go sites.  Contact Us to make arrangements.

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