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.
Weekend food programs for students are designed to supplement the students’ educational process. The link between hunger and education is undeniable. Children who go hungry are more likely to exhibit higher levels of anxiety, irritability, hyperactivity, and aggression, which affect all-around school performance. Research has shown that children participating in weekend food programs achieve better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improve health, and increased attendance.
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-12 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. Twelve to fifteen food items are packed by volunteers into heavyweight plastic bags, along with a personal care item. Bins of the packed “Bulldog Bags” are delivered by volunteers to the elementary, intermediate, middle, and high school buildings. School personnel distribute the Bulldog Bags to the children in a discreet manner to protect their privacy.
What’s A Bulldog Bag? video
High School: At the request of the counselors at the SMF High School, the Bulldog Cupboard was established in September 2016 to provide lunch items to hungry students who have been referred to them.
The program began in the summer of 2018 to help families whose children are eligible for the Free and Reduced Meal Program to stretch their summer food budgets when the children are home from school all day. A Bulldog Box consisted of 10 meals/snacks in family-size portions. Families register in a confidential manner for the Bulldog Boxes and pick them up on the fourth Friday of each month.