U of Missouri Extension Fights BAC with Backpacks
Friday Backpack program reaches 19,400 students weekly
Missouri children are getting the nutrition and food safety information they need thanks to the BAC Fighters at University of Missouri Extension. Creative programs help make sure kids are eating well, living healthy lifestyles, and forming food safety habits with the help of Fight BAC!® materials.
Through their Friday Backpack program, more than 19,000 children statewide receive ready to eat foods from their local food bank every Friday. The University of Missouri Extension supplements the program by providing educational materials like kid-friendly recipe cards, activity sheets, and Fight BAC stickers.
In the Show ME Nutrition Curriculum, 150 Nutrition Educators teach kids from Kindergarten through Junior High the facts on healthy eating and food safety. The educators reach kids in many settings including schools, food stores, and libraries. They extend the learning to parents and caregivers by giving kids newsletters and handouts to take home and share. Healthy eating and food safety go hand in hand for whole health!