The Food Bank’s Backpack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.
The backpacks are filled with nutritious, easy-to-open food that does not require stove-top cooking. Since the food is distributed in backpacks, the children can discretely take the food home without being ridiculed or teased by other students. The children return the empty backpacks on Monday to have it refilled and redistributed for the next weekend.
The Food Bank can provide an impoverished child with a backpack full of food every Friday for $135 a school year - that’s just $3.75 a week.