The Junior League of Austin's FIT - Food in Tummies Program

Amplify Day Goal: $25,000.00

Organizational Overview

The Junior League of Austin's FIT - Food in Tummies Program
5416 Parkcrest
Austin, Texas 78731

Mission Statement

The Junior League of Austin is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

The mission of the FIT - Food in Tummies program is to educate children, parents and the community in order to promote nutritional health and maximize student potential.

The FIT program was launched by The Junior League of Austin in 2009. The program's vision is to eliminate weekend hunger in our community and ensure children and families have the knowledge to make informed nutritional choices.

Your donation to The Junior League of Austin's FIT - Food in Tummies program is an investment in the healthy future of 1,400 elementary school students who face hunger over the weekend. The FIT program supplies backpacks full of nutritious food and beverages designed to help sustain a child's nutrition to every student at Hillcrest Elementary and Baty Elementary in Del Valle ISD. Your donation will support our efforts to fill nearly 50,000 backpacks this school year and help alleviate childhood hunger in our community. A $5 donation pays for one backpack and $170 pays for one child's backpack for the whole school year.

Impact Statement

Through the FIT Program, The Junior League of Austin is working to:

1. Reduce weekend hunger by providing weekend food in reusable backpacks to Baty Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary, reaching 1,400 economically disadvantaged students.

2. Improve the school environment with increased attendance on Fridays; decreased numbers of disciplinary incidents; and academic improvement through adequate nutrition.

3. Cultivate healthier children and families through increased nutritional knowledge with increased emphasis on physical fitness, and nutritional information presented to parents through cooking classes and other program events such as "Meet the Teacher", CATCH Nights and FITness.

Needs Statement

For only $20, you can help provide a backpack of nutritious food for a child every weekend this month.

For only $85, you can help provide a backpack of nutritious food for a child every weekend this Spring.

For only $170, you can help provide a backpack of nutritious food for a child every weekend for the entire school year.

"For the past eight years, the students and Hillcrest and Baty Elementary have benefited tremendously by all that the FIT program provides." said Del Valle ISD Director of Communications and Community Relations Jason Zielinski. "FIT combats weekend hunger as it also supports District health initiatives that have been put into place to help our students learn about health conscious foods and activities that can be enjoyed by the students and their families. Students and parents tell us how much the foods help their families over the weekend. We are truly grateful for this amazing partnership."

"Thank you for the food you donated to us; and thank you for filling our empty tummies." - 3rd Grade Student, Hillcrest Elementary

"Thank you for this program. You are servicing a need that would otherwise go unnoticed." - Pre‐K Teacher, Baty Elementary
Amount: $25,000
Sponsored By:

The Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has graciously provided The Junior League of Austin a challenge grant and will match up to $25,000 in donations for the FIT-Food In Tummies program.

The Groves Family FIT Team

by Courtney Groves

Please join us in supporting The Junior League of Austin's Food In Tummies program!

Your donation will help provide 1,400 backpacks to every student at two local DVISD schools: Hillcrest Elementary and Baty Elementary for the entire school year. For $5 a child can receive a backpack for the weekend, $170 provides a child with food for
the length of the program.

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Goal: $250.00

Cat Mattingly

by Catherine Mattingly

Remember the Snickers commercials featuring people's "hangry" alter egos. They're so funny. Funny 'cause it's true. You know what's not funny? Real children facing real hunger over the weekends, and then coming to school Monday mornings and struggling to learn.

Studies have shown that children who are hungry over the weekend have higher rates of absenteeism and difficulty with concentration and classroom behavior. In most cases, it takes a child who has gone hungry over the weekend until Wednesday to recover.

Please help me alleviate this worry for some of our community's most economically disadvantaged children! The FIT Program provides backpacks of nutritious food to approximately 1600 elementary students in Del Valle ISD every Friday during the school year. The packs also include bilingual healthy recipe cards and nutrition tips each week to be shared with the student's family.

As a past chair of this remarkable program, I have seen how real the need is. Let's set these precious young students up for success in school and in life. Feed a Mind! Grow a Body! Change a Life!

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Goal: $200.00