What is the Watertown Area PACH Program?
The Watertown Area PACH Program is dedicated to ensuring that youth will receive a nutritious weekend PACH (pronounced pack) that includes breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack for each day of the weekend.
- Over 350 children and youth have applied for the Watertown Area PACH Program during the 2012-2013 school year.
- Your donations stay in the community as 100% of funding is used to support the nutritional needs of the youth in the program.
- The Watertown Area PACH Program relies on the assistance of local volunteers.
- The Watertown Area PACH Program operates under the 501C3 of the Watertown Banquet to increase operational efficiencies in the start up.
- In Fall 2012, the Watertown Area PACH Program began supporting students in the Florence, Henry and Waverly/South Shore school districts.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does PACH stand for?
-People Against Child Hunger
How does the Watertown Area PACH Program work?
-The Watertown Area PACH Program works with school staff to provide complimentary snacks and meals to students who may need an additional food resource over weekends during the school year. The food is given to the child before she/he leaves school each Friday (or in case of holiday, the last day before the break).
Who is eligible for the Watertown Area PACH Program?
-Any child in grades Pre-K through Grade 12, enrolled in any Watertown School or Codington County School.
When will the Watertown Area PACH Program begin?
-The Watertown Area PACH Program operates throughout the school year. Registration will be required at the beginning of each school year, and will be accepted anytime during the current school year. If your child was enrolled in the program in the prior school year, you will be required to re-register for the current school year.
How do I register my child for the Watertown Area PACH Program?
-To register, simply complete the Consent Form. Please mail the Consent Form to: The Watertown Area PACH Program, PO Box 176, Watertown SD 57201. Please fill out the form completely. A parent or legal guardian is required to sign the Consent Form to be enrolled in the program.
Can I register more than one child for the Watertown Area PACH Program?
-Yes. If you have more than one child attending school, you only need to submit one Consent Form. Please list all of your children and the schools they attend.
How will I know if my child is enrolled?
-Once your Consent Form is received, your child’s name will be added to the list of students eligible for the Watertown Area PACH Program. You will receive a letter informing you of your child’s enrollment or if your child has been placed on the waiting list. If the program has sufficient funds, she/he will begin to receive a supply of kid-friendly food at the end of each school week, available at your child’s school. Children will be served on a first come- first served basis.
Is this program associated with the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program?
-No. The Watertown Area PACH Program is not associated with the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program operated through the Watertown Schools. The Watertown Area PACH Program operates solely through volunteers and donations from Watertown area businesses and individuals.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
-Contact Pastor Sara Nelson at 886-4427 or email email@example.com.
How can I contribute to or volunteer with the Watertown Area PACH Program?
-Contributions can be mailed to Watertown Area PACH Program, PO Box 176, Watertown SD 57201.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Watertown Area PACH Program.