about the snack sack
The Snack Sack is a mutual aid group that supports Black and Brown families facing food insecurity with snacks and other essentials. Founded by Chamieka House-Osuya in April 2020, The Snack Sack fills the gap created when kids were suddenly forced to stay home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic instead of attending school, where many of them got their meals. The Snack Sack relies on peer-to-peer mutual aid, with 100% of donations going towards meeting immediate needs in families facing food, housing, medical, safe harbor, and other insecurities as a direct result of systemic racial oppressions.
Our mission is to provide black and brown kids facing food insecurity with resources to keep up with their peers in the classroom. More than 54 million people, including 18 million children, may experience food insecurity in 2020 - this is made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food insecurity disproportionately affects children of color, who struggle to keep up when they do not have access to the same resources as their classmates. The Snack Sack believes that by providing all kids the same basic resources, we can level the playing field for black and brown kids to succeed in any learning environment - physically or virtually.
Meet the team
Chamieka House-Osuya is a dedicated child, family, and community advocate. She is skilled in community outreach, crisis management, and relationship building.
When COVID-19 hit, she noticed that she was buying more food with her kids home. She thought of the thousands of other families across America experiencing the same. From what started as a simple idea, The Snack Sack was born.
Chamieka is not only the founder of The Snack Sack, she also has a long history of being a community champion and advocate for those in need, especially children. Her career background is in education administration and social work, and she is a court appointed special advocate (CASA), and a was previously a big sister in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization.
While in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she was a foster parent and then became an adoptive parent. She now lives with her partner and their wonderful children in Texas where she is pursuing her Master’s degree.
Brittany Engram is a wife and FAB (Fabulous Adoptive Black) mama born and raised in Dallas, Texas, now living with her husband, Edwin, and son, Legacy. As a multidisciplinary artist and activist Brittany’s work has included a non-profit organization with her husband called Rudolphus and Lisa which focuses on STEAM enrichment for underserved educational communities as well as a published author. Brittany is passionate about the advancement and liberation of all Black people. She is elated to not only be a family served via mutual aid by The Snack Sack but to also be a part of The Snack Sack team.
Shira was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, MI and currently lives with her family in Silver Spring, MD, outside Washington, DC. She holds a bachelor's degree in music, is a freelance flutist, and is active in her family’s faith community. Shira is passionate about social and racial justice and in the importance of working with her husband and children on their family’s anti-racist journey. She is serious about her responsibility to use her time, energy, privilege, and skills to eliminate the hardships of marginalized members of our society. Shira is honored to be joining The Snack Sack team.
Verity lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. She has been working as an Advocate for Head Start for the past five years. She is committed and passionate about her anti-racism work and paying reparations to Black people. Verity is honored and excited to be a part of The Snack Sack team.
Alanna Jane is a white, left of left, mostly heterosexual, currently able-bodied, chronically mentally ill, cis-gender woman and mother. Her current restorative justice focus is regularly participating in and amplifying the need for direct giving. Her knowledge of the depth and entrenchment of white supremacy within our capitalist systems is due to the educational labor of Black Femme and MaGe people. She lives on the unceded land of the Menominee, Myaamia, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ peoples, colonized as Appleton, WI.
Chelsea is thrilled to lend her administrative and marketing skills to The Snack Sack. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, California; Chelsea holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. During the ten years she worked in childcare and education, she witnessed the disparity in both care and resources offered to people of color at every level. Recognizing her part in the white supremacist system and her own learned racist behaviors, she decided to commit to working towards tangible change.
Brenna Kutch (they/them or she/her) is a self-described bureaucratic activist - creating structural change through policy and organizational inclusion. They spend their time writing strongly worded opinions, joining social justice and human rights causes, challenging binaries, and over-committing. Their professional career is in public education and international development with a focus on HR and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, and they currently work at USAID's Office of Food for Peace.
English currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and works in the marketing industry, focusing on paid digital media and project management for brands across the United States. Her experiences witnessing the Digital Divide and profiling of marginalized communities has shown her there is not only rampant anti-Black undercurrents in everyday life, but also a particular science to it in advertising. English is intent on providing access to everyday necessities to these same communities because food, water, safety, and shelter should be a right and not a privilege.
Melanie is a freelance Graphic Designer based out of Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Boone, North Carolina, she graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Her creative process combines analog and digital processes. She has experience in branding and logo design, as well as exhibition, print and digital design. Melanie believes that graphic design is a compelling mode of communication and a means of advocacy for social change.