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, including students from Peculiar Elementary attending Shull Elementary during the summer.

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!

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.

Fall Food Drive

A food drive the week of Oct. 17 will benefit the Caring About Nutrition program. There is a theme for each school day, along with suggested items to donate.
  • Oct. 17 - Munster Meals Monday - Donate a whole meal: Cans of soup, individual bowls of ravioli or other pastas, or tuna salad lunch packets.
  • Oct. 18 - Spooktacular Sides Tuesday - Give fruit cups, vegetable sides, and mac and cheese bowls.
  • Oct. 19 - Ghoulish Goodies Wednesday - Donate snack foods like Rice Krispy treats, snack bags of gold fish, or pudding cups.
  • Oct. 20 - Morning Mash-up Thursday - Donate breakfast items such as cereal bars, individual boxes or cereal, and pop-tarts.
  • Oct. 21 - Not-so-frightful Friday - Provide extras like jars of peanut butter, fruit juice boxes, and shelf-stable milk.
Food Drive
On Saturday, Oct. 22, CAN volunteers will sell hot dogs and accept donations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cosentino's Price Chopper in Raymore.

For a print-friendly version: Food drive flyer


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.

Donation to CAN
Thank you!
Ed Russell, president of the Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club, presented a $220 donation to the Foundation's Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program. Pictured from left: CAN Volunteer Jackie Boursheski, Russell, and Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston.

Lions Club donates
Thank you!
Thanks to the Raymore Lions Club for donating $500 to the Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program! Pictured, from left: Allison Bruflat, Foundation Board member; Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director; Rebecca Kennedy from the Lions Club; Charmel Kapoor and Jackie Boursheski, CAN volunteers.