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NOW (Nutrition on Weekends)

 
The Nutrition On Weekends program is a collaborative, community effort to target childhood hunger. The program provides healthy, ready-to-eat nutritional foods for children during the weekend.
 
The program was created in response to data collected from Marshfield students as part of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. In 2012, 20% of students surveyed indicated he/she had gone to bed hungry at least once in the past thirty days because there was not enough food in the home. In 2015, this percentage increased to 23%. 
 
A pilot of the program began serving twenty-nine children in the Marshfield School District in October 2013. In the next two years, the program had grown to serve 250-300 students weekly on an annual basis in the Marshfield, Auburndale, Granton and Spencer School Districts. This 2016-17 school year the Loyal and Greenwood School Districts have also been added to the program. With the addition of these two school districts and our early enrollment numbers we anticipate this being our biggest year yet.
 

TOTAL CURRENT STUDENTS ENROLLED 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR = 399

Marshfield School District - 167 students

Lincoln Elementary School - 38

Madison Elementary School - 24
Nasonville Elementary School - 18
Grant Elementary School - 42
Washington Elementary School - 20
Marshfield Middle School - 25

Headstart - 66
Granton School - 41
Spencer Schools - 45
Auburndale Schools - 9

Greenwood Schools - 41
Loyal Schools - 30

*Numbers fluctuate throughout the school year. Contact United Way if any questions.

 
Each child receives a weekly food pack containing:  
  • 2 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
  • 2 cups low-sugar cereal
  • 2 pieces of fruit
  • baby carrots 
    • 2 snack items
    • cheese

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