Operation143 is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, providing food to students in our community who would go without over the weekend. We work to help homeless and hungry students succeed by addressing the issue of childhood hunger.
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For the 2021-2022 school year we have served 336 students and sent out 9,750 bags totaling 68,250 meals.
This school year, 2022- 2023, we have 242 students signed up, this is 100 more than years past at this time.
We are currently in 6 school districts; 48 school’s total. The districts we serve are Upper Perk, Boyertown, Pottsgrove, Pottstown, SpringFord and Norristown.
Normally we deliver all the backpacks to each school building for the students and then a staff person at the school distributes to the students personally.
When schools closed because of Covid-19 we had to find another way to get the needed food to the students in our program. So we delivered to the students where ever they were at. We delivered to families living in parking lots, students who were homeless living in abandon shops, to moms who were working at their jobs and couldn’t be home to receive the meals and were scared someone else would take it.
For the 2021/2022 school year we are starting off like we ended, in contact with the students in our program and delivering to them where ever they are at. We are thankful we are able to serve those in our program. We are thankful for those who partner with us volunteering in the many ways needed.
Operation143 serves alongside individuals and organizations to collect food, materials and financial support. Volunteers pack the food items into backpacks every Wednesday evening. Volunteers then deliver the backpacks on Thursdays and Fridays to each school. Students then discretely pick up the backpacks Friday and return them to the schools on Monday where volunteers will then pick them up Tuesday. The process begins again for the next week. The Backpacks contain enough food for Dinner Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday a long with some snacks and water.
Children ages 5 to 21