What is “Backpack Buddies”?

Our flagship program, Backpack Buddies, provides emergency weekend food to qualifying students at local public schools free of charge. Food is distributed by school staff and faculty each week during the school year based on need.

How Does It Work?

We order food in bulk from a commercial food broker during the academic school year. The food items are stored at several local church sites until needed. Our volunteer churches provide the labor for assembling the student “packs” on a monthly basis then deliver those packs to the local schools.

Delivery takes place twice monthly to the participating schools. School social workers make the decision on student eligibility and teachers and Backpack Buddies volunteers place the carefully wrapped food supplies, and fresh fruit, into the student backpacks each Friday.volunteers place the carefully wrapped food supplies, and fresh fruit, into the student backpacks each Friday.

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What’s Inside a Backpack?
– 2 dry cereals
– 2 kid-friendly lunches (meat or pasta)
– 1 healthy snack
– 2 canned/boxed fruits
– 2 puddings
– 2 fresh fruits

What’s the impact?
In the 2017-18 school year we expect to provide over 10,000 packs of food serving an average of 280 students each week.