Bulldog Bags, Inc. grew out of a movement by members of the Stow-Munroe Falls community, including school district and city officials, who recognized that some children in the SMFCSD did not have adequate meals on the weekend.
Bulldog Bags, Inc. was incorporated and obtained its 501(c)3 status in 2015 to seek to reduce hunger on weekends for students in the SMFCSD by providing the students on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program, or otherwise, qualified, with the nutritional equivalent of the Free and/or Reduced breakfasts and lunches that a child misses on the weekends.
Bulldog Bags, Inc. is a volunteer-run business with all donations, except for the cost of doing business (insurance, postage, post office box, paper), being used for providing for the Bulldog Bags.
HOW THE BAGS COME TOGETHER
Nutritional menus are prepared and food is obtained through a Network Partnership with the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, local food retailers, and food drives. Ten to twelve food items are packed by volunteers into heavyweight plastic bags, along with a personal care item, generally on the last Friday of the month during the school year. Bins of the packed “Bulldog Bags” are delivered by volunteers to the elementary, intermediate, and junior high school buildings. School personnel distribute the Bulldog Bags to the children in a discreet manner to protect their privacy.
WHAT’S IN A BULLDOG BAG?
A weekend food bag consists of breakfast and entree items, plus snacks for the weekend. The items are nutritious, single serving size, easily opened and prepared, such an oatmeal packet, mac and cheese, canned fruit, raisins. Personal care kits are included with items, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap.