BrainPower in a BackPack

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$55,000 Goal

BrainPower In A BackPack

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BrainPower -- providing more than 10 years of hunger relief in District 191!

In 2008, BrainPower in a Backpack started at one elementary school in ISD 191 with only 40 weekend food packages distributed weekly during the school year. Today, BrainPower plans to distribute 800 plus weekend food packages each week during the school year at all preschool, elementary and middle school locations serving students in Pre-K to 8th Grade. Help us continue BrainPower’s success with an online donation. 

What Is BrainPower in a BackPack?

BrainPower in a BackPack is an ISD 191 student volunteer project done in conjunction with ISD 191 Community Education. BrainPower is funded solely through monetary donations and food drives.  Burnsville high school students pack weekend food packages for preschool, elementary and middle school students throughout the district whose families struggle to put enough food on the table.  

BrainPower also includes two additional hunger relief programs:  191 Community Pantry and 191 Fresh Produce Distribution.  The Pantry is available all year to community members and families via a bi-monthly distribution the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at Diamondhead Education Center; Fresh Produce Distribution is available July - October on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at Diamondhead.

How Does BrainPower in a BackPack Work?

During the school year, BrainPower plans to provide more than 800 students with a bag of food each week. These bags will include at least four meals and two snacks.  

The food BrainPower provides is kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare and nutritious requiring no refrigeration Students are involved in food drives and various aspects of fund raising. This year, Eagle Ridge Middle School students and ISD 191 BEST students are helping with the Thursday food packs. BEST students are also providing delivery services to two of the three middle school locations.


During the school year, BHS high students and community members also make bowls for the annual Bowls for BrainPower fundraiser in support of BrainPower.  For more information on BOWLS please email us or visit the Bowls Website at: Bowls for BrainPower Website

Anticipated Outcomes

This project benefits people in several ways:

  • Children who receive the food may show better rates of attendance.
  • They may be energized for school and ready to learn (studies have shown a correlation between learning and nutrition).
  • Teachers may find that students are more interested in participating in the classroom, rather than thinking about their next meal.
  • Children may exhibit fewer negative behaviors that relate to not having enough to eat.
  • Test scores may improve.
  • Families will have a sense of relief that their children have enough to eat.
  • Students who pack the backpacks will be making a contribution to families in our school district.
  • Our community will feel good that the children are getting more of what they need and will have a better chance at success.
  • We are raising awareness about local hunger issues.

We are very grateful that our community has embraced this project to improve the learning experience for these children.

Organization Data


Organization name

BrainPower in a BackPack

other names

Bowls for BrainPower; 191 Community Pantry

NCES ID Number



Health Children & Family Community Humanitarian Aid Volunteer

BIPOC community

BIPOC serving


600 East Highway 13
Burnsville, MN 55378

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