Will We Take on Feeding Another 135 Kids Every Week?

That was the question posed to me in a meeting with another non profit who had been feeding these kids. “Wait, what, 135 more?” was my first thought. The second was “These kids need to continue to be fed". The third thought was “How can we do this?”

Taking on another 135 children every week would bring our weekly numbers to 295 kids and the need to provide food for 1770 meals each and every week through the school year! Thats a daunting task for a small 100% volunteer run non profit and a Big Ask for our small pool of donors.

However we understand the importance of a regular and reliable food supply for growing children and their developing brains. No doubt you understand that too.

So here is our Big Ask of you…what can you do to make sure these new children have food every weekend, when free meals at school are not available? You can:

  • Sponsor a new child and provide them with 24 meals and snacks every month for only $28 by visiting https://givebox.com/518383

  • Shop for us by picking up a few extra cans of soup, tuna or canned pasta when you do your shopping.

  • Hold a food drive or fundraiser for us. Ask family, friends, coworkers or groups you belong to help feed. Contact us for more information on this at Director@OperationSkyValley.org.

  • Ask your employer if they will match cash donations or donate to us for your volunteer time.

  • Join our Director’s Circle Club by becoming a VIP (Very Important Provider) by visiting https://givebox.com/518120

No School No Food

Most children eagerly anticipate summer vacation from school. Those few weeks each year to stay up late, do what you want with your day and go on a family vacation. Unfortunately for many of the children of Operation Full Bellies summer vacation means: No School=No Food.

All of the children on Operation Full Bellies receive free breakfast and lunch at school. Some of these children will get through summer vacation by eating a little less, eating with friends or by visiting the food bank more frequently. For others they will be left with no choice but to skip meals.

Help us to continue to feed those in need over summer vacation. Your generous donations are utilized to add a family size bag of cold cereal, shelf stable milk, extra meals, snacks and fresh fruit and vegetables to each child’s bag in the summer. No child should be forced to skip a meal in our abundant country.

Operation Sky Valley Receives GuideStar Silver Non Profit Certification

Operation Sky Valley receives Guidestar's Silver Certification for transparency within a non profit.

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Operation Sky Valley is the parent non profit of Operation Full Bellies, founded in 2009, designed to help fill the bellies of children who receive free lunch at school, over weekends and on school breaks. Currently we are providing 158 children a week with food for 6 meals and snacks. This requires us to collect and/or purchase food for over 948 meals every week.

Back to School Ramp Up

The month of September flew by for us! Back to School means it is time for us to ramp back up to provide Sultan Elementary and Gold Bar Elementary with their 62 weekly bags of supplemental food for children in need. These children rejoin the other 88 children on Operation Full Bellies through the summer, bringing our total to 150 each week.

This food is discretely packed in grocery store bags and slipped into a child's backpack to provide that child with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and snacks to get through the weekend.

A typical child's bag includes: 2 hot cereal packets, a can of tuna, 1 soup/canned meal, 1 chili/beans, ramen, a can of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit, a milk or juice box, 4 snacks and fresh fruit if available.  Each family also receives a loaf of bread.

If you would like to help fill bellies you can:  donate non perishable food or money, hold a mini food drive at your office/church/school/club or volunteer with us to organize, pack and deliver the bags.