The cast of Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove aims to help kids in the cities they visit. The cast stuffed backpacks for Operation Food Search’s Operation Backpack program.
The cast, including The Incredibles, stuffed backpacks with a little help from preschoolers from Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Center.
Operation Backpack provides food for the 85 percent of children enrolled in St. Louis public schools who rely on free or reduced-cost meal programs. For those children, weekends can be filled with hunger, as they often go home to houses with little or no food.
Backpacks filled with nutritious, kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare foods are given to children on Friday before school dismissal. On Monday, students return the empty backpacks and the cycle continues.
During the 2011-12 school year, Operation Backpack has 30 schools enrolled with 2,700 low-income children receiving backpacks each weekend. Nearly 60,000 backpacks will be provided to these children by the end of the school year