Is The Sheridan Story a 501(c)(3) organization? Are my donations tax deductible?
Yes, The Sheridan Story is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designated by the IRS and the State of Minnesota. Therefore, donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You can donate here: and you can learn more about our financials here:

Can I volunteer to distribute the food to the kids?
The Sheridan Story has partnerships with community groups that sponsor each of the schools in our network. Those community groups provide funds for the program in their school, own the relationship with the school, and provide and organize the volunteers who distribute the food each week. The Sheridan Story does not coordinate these volunteers and therefore we aren't able provide opportunities to distribute the food to the kids. If you are interested in sponsoring a school with your community group, click here.

Why is your program $130 per child per school year? Some other similar programs are less expensive.
When considering the annual cost of a program, the most important measurements are how much food is provided to the child, how much that food costs, and how substantive and nutritious that food is. For example, perhaps annually a program provides one child 90 pounds of food at $80 per child per school year, or $0.88 per pound of food. The Sheridan Story provides one student with 160 pounds of food per school year, at a cost of $130 per year or $0.81 per pound. In addition, The Sheridan Story implements the logistical, sourcing, and operational components necessary to execute a weekend food program; many other programs do not provide this service.

Furthermore, some programs provide food such as granola bars, easy mac, etc. that is low in nutrition (and often, less expensive). The Sheridan Story seeks to balance cost and nutrition by choosing to offer substantive, nutritious food such as fruit, vegetables, tuna, beans, soup, rice, pasta and more, while also maintaining a low cost per pound. Learn more about our bags of food here:

Why 160 pounds per child per school year?
It is very important to provide kids with as much food as they are able to carry home in order to get them the nutrition they need to grow and learn. We have determined that the best range is approximately 4.5-5 lbs of food per bag which is approximately 160 pounds per 35-week school year.

With whom does The Sheridan Story Partner?
The Sheridan Story partners with schools, churches, synagogues, businesses, hunger-relief organizations, and other community partners. Some of our key partners included: Luther Automotive, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, LifeTouch Inc, Second Harvest Heartland, and more. To see a more complete list of partners, click here.

Does The Sheridan Story only work in the Twin Cities?
Most of our programs are located in the Twin Cities. However, we are certainly able to implement programs outside of the Twin Cities. Please click here to contact us if you're interested or have questions about outstate programs.

Does The Sheridan Story only work with churches or Christian groups?
We believe that fighting child hunger is not a mission exclusive to the Christian faith. We welcome and encourage those of all faiths and religious affiliations to partner in the fight against child hunger. The purpose of The Sheridan Story is to be a resource to hungry children. Therefore, in regards to The Sheridan Story programs, we and all partners do not promote any particular religion or faith.

Why doesn't The Sheridan Story refer to its program as a "backpack program"?
The Sheridan Story fits into the category of backpack program in every way except we don't distribute our food in backpacks. Including "backpack" in the description of what we do can then give a different picture of our program. We place food into smaller bags that we then place into the students' current backpacks. If they don't have a backpack, the school, our partners, or we will get them one.

Why doesn't The Sheridan Story use backpacks in its program?
We don't use backpacks for several reasons, but the main two are below:

  1. We feel that kids carrying two backpacks home is too visible of a method. The student's peers will wonder why the student is carrying two backpacks. By placing a bag of food into the student's current backpack, we eliminate the visibility a second backpack creates and get the food to the students in the most discreet way we can think of. If a student does not have a backpack, the school, our partners, or we will get them one.
  2. In planning from an operational perspective, we want to make it easy for the kids to get the food home. In making these plans, we realized that backpacks aren't the best option to use - mainly because they aren't made to be carried in twos. If you think about it, carrying two backpacks, one on each shoulder, simply doesn't work that well. 

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