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.
PROGRAMS OF BULLDOG BAGS, INC.:
A Bulldog Bag is a bag of food that 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, etc. A personal care item, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, or bar of soap, is included in the Bag, Bulldog Bags are provided to eligible children in grades K-9 in the SMFCSD TWO times a month.
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 second and last Fridays of the month during the school year. Bins of the packed “Bulldog Bags” are delivered by volunteers to the elementary, intermediate, middle, abd high school buildings. School personnel distribute the Bulldog Bags to the children in a discreet manner to protect their privacy.
Middle School: At the request of the counselors at the SMF MIddle School, nutritious snacks and hygiene items are made available to distribute to students who are referred to them.
High School: At the request of the counselors at the SMF High School, the Bulldog Pantry was established in September 2016 to provide lunch items to hungry students who have been referred to them .
To begin in June 2018, boxes of 10 meals/snacks for families of children who are eligible for the Free and Reduced Meal Program will be distributed confidentially to families that have PRE-REGISTERED on the following Saturdays, June 23, July 21, and August 11 at the 1st Christian Church at the corner of Rt. 59 and Darrow Road in Stow between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.. Bulldog Boxes will be ONE PER HOUSEHOLD and to recceive a Bulldog Box, families must confidentially pre-register for each month and receive a PIN NUMBER. If it is impossible for a family to pick up the Bulldog Box, an alternative arrangement may be made. This new program is in the design stage and more information will follow.