Caring About Nutrition (CAN)

About the program

Caring About Nutrition serves K-6 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. 

During the 2015-2016 school year, CAN served 122 students in grades K-6. Over the summer of 2016, CAN served 45 students.

You can help!

The program operates on donations of food, money and time from volunteers. To learn more, go here: You can donate at our participating K-6 schools or the Raymore Chamber Commerce office.  You can also volunteer!

Lions Club donates to CAN

Thanks to the Bel-Ray Lions Club for donating $505 to the Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program. Lion Meryl Lange presented the check to Allison Bruflat and the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Board of Directors on April 20. The money was raised at the Lions Club chili cook-off in February.
Lions Club donates to CAN web

In the front row, from left: Kim York, Meryl Lange, Allison Bruflat, Pam Steele, and Allison Scott. In the back row: Dr. Kari Monsees, Larry Dobson, Phil Parke, Jodie Huston, Rich Bartow, and Leo Anderson.

Creekmoor PTA donates to CAN

During its recent Bookaneer Book Fair (Nov. 14-17, 2016), Creekmoor Elementary students and families participated in Spirit Week activities and raised $2,429.18 in donations for the CAN Program.

CM donation to Foundation
Foundation Board CAN food drive web

Food Drive donations

Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board members brought food donations to their Oct. 20 meeting. Back row, from left: Larry Dobson, Brad Kiehl, Rich Bartow, Shauna Stephenson, and Leo Anderson. In front: Allison Scott, Allison Bruflat, and Jodie Huston.


Thanks to the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club for your support of the Caring About Nutrition program! Club President Ed Russell, center in blue shirt, presents a donation of $292.55 to the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Board of Directors.

The club collects donations from its members, and each quarter presents a contribution toward the program. Club members also volunteer one month each year to help pack the grocery bags for students in the program.

CAN donation from Optimists web
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 The CAN program also has a Facebook page.