Board of Directors of Homeless Backpacks

Helping homeless students gradiate!

I nominate Kimmy Latsch and Homeless Backpacks, Inc. as community champions. Kimmy is the teen representative on the board of directors for Homeless Backpacks, a program that provides weekend food support to homeless students in Thurston and Mason counties. Many students qualify for federally-funded breakfast and lunch programs, but are on their own for the weekend.

Homeless Backpacks fills in the gaps for those students. This allows the students to worry about one less thing and focus on their school work. This past year, the program supported 246 students, and 38 graduated. Kimmy is pictured shopping for supplies to fill food bags for students. Each week, volunteers deliver the bags to local middle and high schools. Students retrieve the bags from their counselor's or school nurse's office. Food is placed in a bag or backpack so that students are not embarrassed by their circumstance.

By providing a reliable weekend food source, Homeless Backpacks makes the difference in students' lives. It is completely volunteer-supported, so all donations go directly to the students.

Because of the selfless dedication of the board, I believe Homeless Backpacks exemplifies the spirit of community that Brotherton is trying to recognize.

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laches says ... on Thursday, Jul 21 at 5:20 AM

sorry about the typo -- graduate, not gradiate! Hopefully, it makes the headline eye-catching!

Shawn Reed says ... on Thursday, Jul 21 at 7:14 AM

This is really a great organization!

jatok says ... on Thursday, Jul 21 at 7:51 AM

What a great program. These kids are valuable to society and a helping hand now might be all that's needed to set them on the course to success.

Janet says ... on Thursday, Jul 21 at 5:34 PM

Kimmy deserves our votes! She has worked hard to help these homeless students succeed!

Katie says ... on Sunday, Jul 24 at 2:27 PM

What a wonderful project! A great way to help other suceed.

Lil Carr says ... on Sunday, Jul 24 at 7:26 PM

Kimmy has my vote, a wonderful service being provided through the Homeless Backpacks, Inc. in her community.

Mary says ... on Saturday, Jul 30 at 9:18 AM

Please vote for Homeless Backpacks. There is a great need to continue this program.

Kelly Wilson says ... on Saturday, Jul 30 at 9:51 AM

Great program and Kimmy is an amazing volunteer, advocate and leader in our community! Go Kimmy and go Homeless Backpacks!

Sharon Kline says ... on Saturday, Jul 30 at 10:51 AM

I support Homeless Backpacks and all of their generous volunteers!

MargeGunderson says ... on Saturday, Jul 30 at 1:49 PM

laches, no worries on the typo in the headline. I actually read the entire article wondering if it was an art term, so you actually brought attention to an excellent program. Kudos on both fronts and keep up the great work!

Terryl Graham says ... on Saturday, Jul 30 at 2:56 PM

Please cast your vote for Kimmy and Homeless Backpacks - this program allows the homeless, hungry and at risk students the opportunity to graduate and enter adulthood with the opportunity to end homelessness in one face at a time in their generation!

Mark says ... on Monday, Aug 22 at 12:10 PM

Sounds like a great program!

Lisa Hodgson says ... on Thursday, Aug 25 at 8:43 PM

I am honored to be one of the volunteers who delivers the backpacks each week to the schools. This program helps kids stay in school. I am very proud of Kimmie's work, she is amazing.

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