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. CAN sends home food for two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks. CAN also has a small food pantry at the high school for students to access when needed. 

2017-2018 summary
During the 2017-2018 school year, CAN served 169 kindergarten through 5th grade students in six elementary schools. Peculiar Elementary continues to be served by Harvesters BackSnack program. CAN also served four students at Shull Early Learning Center. Accounting for siblings, a total of 106 families were served PreK to 5th grade. At the two middle schools, CAN served 42 students over the year in grades 6-8. At the high school, CAN maintained a pantry that students could access as needed. For more detail about students served, volunteers, donations, and support for the program, read the 2017-2018 summary.

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!
Students from Little Blessings donate food to CAN

Little Blessings children donate to CAN

Children in the Little Blessings School-Age Child Care program at St. Paul's United Methodist Church pose with the cans that they purchased and decorated for the Ray-Pec Caring About Nutrition program! At right is CAN Volunteer Jackie Boursheski.

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Bel-Ray Sunrise Lions Club donates to CAN

Thanks to the Bel-Ray Sunrise Lions Club for donating $701 to support the Caring About Nutrition Program. The money was raised during the club's Chili Cook-off in February. Lions Ron Brennan, at left, and Angie Fyffe, at right, presented the donation to CAN Volunteer Jackie Boursheski and Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director.

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Raymore Lions donate to Foundation

Thanks to the Raymore Lions Club for donating $600 and a $100 Price Chopper gift card to support the Caring About Nutrition program! Club President Russ Scott presented the donations on May 10, 2018, to Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director.

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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. 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 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.

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.