Caring About Nutrition (CAN)

About the program

Caring About Nutrition serves K-5 students with bags of food on Fridays for weekend meals they might otherwise miss. Similar to Harvester's Backsnack program used at Peculiar Elementary, CAN sends home food for two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks. CAN also has small food pantries at the middle school and the high school for students to access when needed. 

You can help!

The program operates on donations of food, money and time from volunteers. To learn more, go here: http://caringaboutnutrition.weebly.com/. You can donate at our participating K-5 schools or the Raymore Chamber Commerce office.  You can also volunteer!
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Optimist Club donates to CAN

Jodie Huston, Executive Director of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, left, was the guest speaker at the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club meeting on March 27, 2018, at the IHop Restaurant. Jodie told the club about the Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program, which serves students in grades K-5 with weekly bags of food for weekend meals they might otherwise miss. Club President Jerri Lynn Keith presented Jodie with a donation.

The CAN program sends home food for two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks. There are also small food pantries at the middle and high schools for students to access when needed. The CAN program operates on donations of food, money and time from volunteers. To learn more, go to caringaboutnutrition.weebly.com/. Donations are appreciated at the schools or the Raymore Chamber of Commerce office.

Throughout the year, Optimist Club members make additional donations through a 50-50 drawing each Tuesday morning with virtually all the pot and winnings going to the CAN program. Contact Jodi at 816-892-1368 for more information.

CAN food donations
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Kindergarten students at Stonegate Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by collecting cans of food to donate to the Caring About Nutrition Program!

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First Church of Peculiar donates $3,000

Members of First Church of Peculiar presented a check for $3,000 on Sept. 10, 2017, to support the Caring About Nutrition program of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Accepting the donation are Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director, and Allison Bruflat, Board Member.

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Girls donate proceeds from lemonade stand to CAN program

Three young Stonegate Elementary School students conducted a lemonade stand and donated the $218.16 to the Caring About Nutrition program! The girls (from left) are Lucy Sparks, second grade; Jenna Sparks, second grade; and Landry Sparks, third grade. The girls conducted the lemonade stand in their neighborhood and at their grandmother's house in Kansas City.

The girls donated the money to the Foundation Board on Aug. 17, 2017.

From left: Matt Hocker, Pam Steele, Meryl Lange, Kim Bailery, Phil Parke, Kim York, Rich Bartow, Jodie Huston, Dr. Kari Monsees, Allison Bruflat, Brad Kiehl, Dana Jermain, Leo Anderson, and Shauna Stephenson.

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Masonic Lodge of Lee's Summit donates to CAN


Will Jennens, representing the Masonic Lodge of Lee's Summit, presents a donation of $1,200 to support CAN to Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston. (June 26, 2017)

First Church of Peculiar donates to Caring About Nutrition


Thanks to First Church of Peculiar for donating $3,000 to CAN! Larry Teter, on behalf of the congregation, presented the donation on June 4 to Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat.
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Optimist Club donates to CAN


Thanks to the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club for its continued support 
of the Caring About Nutrition program. Club members on May 11, 2017, presented a check for $738 to Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat and Executive Director Jodie Huston.
More about CAN
The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, with the cooperation of several local business leaders, operates the Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program, an approved 501(c)3 organization. CAN is designed to assist students with nutritional needs while they are away from school over weekends. Qualifying students receive a weekly child-friendly food package. 

For more information, contact Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director, at the Ray-Pec Administrative Services Center at 816-892-1368 or jodie.huston@raypec.org. The CAN program also has a Facebook page.