Elementary and middle school backpack programs seeking donations to feed Monticello students

The Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School, George L. Cooke Elementary School, Emma C. Chase Elementary School and Robert J. Kaiser Middle School backpack programs are all seeking donations for their respective backpack programs. 

While all students in the MCSD receive free breakfast and lunch each school day, many of our district families struggle to feed their children when school is not in session. The backpack programs help to feed MCSD elementary students who are at risk for hunger. Students who participate in the program receive a back pack filled with food each Friday to sustain them over the weekend.

Each program is accepting donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries and cash. Donations may be dropped off to the main office during normal business hours. Donations are also collected at each home varsity basketball game (boys and girls). 

Please contact the backpack program coordinator at the appropriate school with any questions.

Cooke Backpack Coordinator: Joana Dutcher jdutcher@k12mcsd.net
KLR Backpack Coordinator: Carolyn Rojas crojas@k12mcsd.net
Chase Backpack Coordinator: Rebecca Frey-Ramos rfreyramos@k12mcsd.net or Linda Nittoli lnittoli@k12mcsd.net
RJK Backpack Coordinator: Rebecca Perez rperez@k12mcsd.net 

All donations are appreciated; here are some suggestions for items that are particularly helpful:

  • Canned food with a pull tab
  • Boxes of mac and cheese
  • Rice
  • Snacks that are individually wrapped
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned fruits and veggies (with a pull tab)
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes

    Thank you for your generosity!