Central Kitsap Food
Backpacks 4 Kids
who we are
I have a granddaughter who attends school in the Central Kitsap School District. Prior to joining the CKFB4K Board five years ago, I volunteered and served on the Board at the Central Kitsap Food Bank. I feel that giving back to the community is very important. Everyone has something they can do to help others, and at the same time enrich their own lives. I love knowing that I am playing a small part in making a child's life a bit easier.
I have lived in this community since the ‘90’s and have volunteered and helped with many programs and groups for kids (Pee Wees, Girls Basketball, etc.) over the years. My sons are CKSD alumni and my grandsons are currently attending school in CKSD. I am happy to say that I have been a part of the CKFB4K program for the last two years and I believe that it is important to give back to the community and help families in need. I love helping out with packing the bags as well as delivering the packed bags to the schools.
Treasurer & School Liaison
When my son was a student at Woodlands Elementary in 1998, I volunteered in his classroom and loved being able to help the students! I knew that helping kids was what I wanted to do, so I chose to join the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) the following year, not knowing truly what the PTA did except fundraising. I knew that I could make a difference, because the PTA was all about “The Kids!” Since joining the PTA, I have helped at many levels- the local school, CK Council, collaborating with CKSD staff, as well as the PTA State level.
In 2013, Eva came to a CK Council Meeting and spoke of a program that would help children who have no access to adequate food over the weekends. Our children are our future, and I knew at that point, that I needed to be a part of this program, so I volunteered and have been a part of this program since the beginning.
My favorite part of this program is having families tell me, “Thank you for what you do, for not only my family but others. Because of the help that you have given us, we no longer need it as we are back on our feet.” Hearing families say this always puts tears in my eyes and warmth in my heart.
My family has been a part of the Central Kitsap School District since my kids were little. I volunteered at my kids’ elementary school and worked there as a recess teacher for a few years. After visiting my oldest daughter in Africa while she was on a mission trip, I realized that there are starving people among us. When I returned, I reached out to the district to see if my husband and I could pay off delinquent school lunch accounts or if there was another way to help and they recommended me to the backpack program! I have been helping with this program for three years and I love knowing that food is going home to families in need over the weekend!
I am a mom to two former CKSD students. Since becoming a part of this program in 2014, I have realized that you never know someone’s story by just looking at them. This program has given me a new look on life. Helping those who are in need while assisting families to receive food on the weekends so their child(ren) are fed is one of the reasons that I joined this program. My favorite part of this program is knowing that children and their family will not go hungry over the weekend and this is all achievable by the hard work of our volunteers and board members.
I have worked as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher in several states. I have two grown children whom graduated from CKSD. For the past several years I have been a substitute Paraprofessional for CKSD. I have enjoyed substituting, but have decided to go in another direction.
I have seen firsthand in the classrooms the need for our program and others like it. I started volunteering with CKFB4K and assisting with packing bags in 2020. I believe in the group and what they are able to do to help the kids in our district. No child should have to worry about where their next meal will come from. I look forward to serving a fantastic organization in role of Volunteer Coordinator.
Social Media Coordinator
I was born and raised in the Central Kitsap School District, graduating from Klahowya in 2010. I graduated with my teaching degree from Western Washington University in 2020 and I am currently a CKSD teacher. Being a CKSD alumni has really helped me connect with the students and families I serve as I am able to relate to them.
I started to volunteer with this program a few years back when my mom, Shauna, introduced me to it and haven't looked back. I love that our program is geared towards the kids, and helps out so many families within our community.
Bio coming soon.