There are children in America that rely on resources such as free or reduced-priced school lunch, during the school year.
About the BackPack Program
Backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation
The BackPack Concept
The BackPack Program concept was developed at the Arkansas Rice Depot, after a school nurse asked for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomachaches and dizziness. The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in non-descript backpacks to carry home.
More About this Program
In addition to providing nutritious food to school children in need, some BackPack Programs provide extra food for younger siblings at home and others operate during the summer months when children are out of school and have limited access to free or reduced-priced meals.
To become a BackPack Program site location or to support a local program, please contact Jackie Cundiff at (540) 342-3011 x7020.
Support this and other programs by making a donation or to learn more about making a gift, please contact Development at (540) 342-3011 x7007.