The Friday Backpack Program provides local school children with backpacks filled with kid-friendly, nutritious food. The food is packed in non-descript backpacks and given to the children every Friday so that they have food to eat over the weekend.
Studies have shown that children who have food-insecurities, i.e. not enough food to eat, achieve less at school than their better fed counterparts. This is a confidential program.
Hygiene kits and other necessities are given to local emancipated teenagers to help them meet basic needs, while trying to finish high school.
*Job Skills Workshop
When women are ready to get on their feet and start a new chapter in their lives, or if they just need a refresher course, HOPE alliance of missouri will put on a Job Skills Workshop, teaching women the basics of filling out a job application, learning how to create a resume, reviewing how to conduct an interview, and what to wear (and not to wear) on an interview.
*After School Transportation (in planning stages)
Provide free after school transportation for children who otherwise would not have the transportation means to return home after sports, tutoring, social or enrichment activities. No child should be denied an opportunity because of their lack of transportation.