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. 

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!
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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.

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.
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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.

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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.
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.