More than 18 million children in America rely on free or reduced priced meals at school to get the daily nourishment they need. But what happens once these students go home on Fridays? What do they do over long vacations from school?
The mission of the BackPack Program is to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available.
The BackPack Program provides:
- Discreet Backpacks filled with food that children take home on weekends and over holidays
- Food that is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumable and vitamin fortified
- In addition to providing nutritious food to school children in need, some BackPack Programs provide extra food for younger siblings at home and some programs operate during the summer months, like our Summer Feeding Program.
Nationally, the BackPack Program serves over
230,000 children each year!
The BackPack Program concept was developed at the Arkansas Rice Depot in Little Rock, after a school nurse began to notice hungry students coming to her with stomach aches and dizziness. The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in non-descript backpacks for them to carry home.
Children must qualify for ‘free’ or ‘reduced’ lunches at school.
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