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Our U.S. Feeding Program Fund

Children in the U.S. need food to take home after school and on the weekends

Our U.S. Feeding Program Fund, through our Backpack Feeding program, provides children food to take home on the weekends and during summer break when they otherwise might not receive regular meals.  We support children at our affiliated projects in Kentucky, Washington, D.C., Arizona, New Mexico, Virginia, and New Orleans. What is backpack feeding? Twenty-two million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. Although free […]

Responding to COVID-19 in the United States

A message from our U.S. Director of Programs

Amidst school closures across the U.S., our concern has turned to how to best help children in our program who are already living in vulnerable situations. Many kids in our program rely on school lunches and our Backpack Feeding Program to ensure they are receiving adequate meals throughout the day and on the weekends. Additionally, many children living in poverty who we support don’t live in safe and comfortable environments, and the school day is […]

Attending the Freshman Academy

Incoming 9th graders at Greyhills Academy in Arizona receive special attention

Greyhills Academy High School, located in Tuba City, Arizona, has been affiliated with Children Incorporated since 2006. This unique school focuses on nurturing students who have the potential for higher levels of academic success but might struggle in other areas such as behavior or attendance — often due to the circumstances involving the impoverished households from which they come. Helping students on a path towards success To encourage students to want to do well in […]

Beds and Blankets for Sisters in Need

A thank you from Children Incorporated

During the difficult time of changes due to the COVID-19 virus, donations to our Beds and Linens Funds from our donors — just like you —were able to help two sisters in need before they weren’t able to return to school for some time. Our volunteer coordinator, Jackie, at one of our affiliated schools in Kentucky, became aware that these two young girls enrolled in our sponsorship program didn’t have beds at home. With funding […]

Faith and Joy for Students in Lima

Fe y Alegría schools in Peru serve thousands of children in impoverished neighborhoods

After spending two weeks visiting our affiliated projects in Colombia and Peru, our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, and I were scheduled to visit with our last school before returning home — the Villa School outside of Lima, Peru. Located in the Villa El Salvador slum district in the outskirts of the capital, the Villa School is a “Fe y Alegría” school. Fe y Alegría schools are a federation of local organizations which offer […]

When Seasonal Work Isn’t Enough

When the tourist season is over in Arizona, parents are often out of work

The remote town of Dennehotso, where the Dennehotso Boarding School is located, is about 98 miles northeast of Tuba City, Arizona. A Children Incorporated affiliated project since 1984, the Dennehotso Boarding School is a community grant school that operates with a grant from the Bureau of Indian Education. By 2013, the school’s original structure was old and dilapidated beyond repair, and a new school was constructed on available grounds in front of the older buildings, […]