NW Helping Hands: Children should not go hungry on the weekends

NW Helping Hands: Backpack Meals for Kids

Click the picture above to listen to Herb Weisbaum’s story on this charity.

Every Friday, hundreds of kids in the Bellevue School District head home with a packet of food. Each kid gets two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners, plus some healthy snacks. Without these backpack meals, they'd go hungry.

Backpack Meals for Kids, a group of dedicated volunteers, has been filling this food gap for 8 years.

"I don't know what we would do without it. I really don't,” said Deb Kraft, director of K-12 counseling with the Bellevue School District.

To volunteer or make a donation visit

Click the picture above to hear the audio.

NW Helping Hands: The holiday season is a time to think about the less fortunate in our community. During this Season of Giving, KOMO News is highlighting a dozen local charities that are making a difference. Please check back here for weekly updates.

There are literally thousands of other wonderful non-profits in the Northwest that are doing great things every day.

If you know about non-profits that need support, I encourage you to share their information with others.

A word of caution: Before you give to any new charity, it’s smart to check them out to make sure they are legitimate, licensed to solicit donations in Washington and will use your money wisely. You can do that by going to: BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Washington Secretary of State (Check to see if a charity is registered to solicit in this state) and Charity Navigator (a charity that rates non-profits).

NW Helping Hands is presented by John L. Scott Foundation, supporting children’s healthcare and WSECU, the credit union for Washington.

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