Backpack Program

The mission of the Backpack Program is to meet the needs of chronically 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 Bay Area Food Bank’s Backpack Program is located at schools that have a high incidence of children in need. Each Backpack site distributes a pack of food to each participating child on Friday afternoon.

 

Click HERE to view our Backpack Program brochure.

 

What’s in a Backpack?

Backpacks are filled with enough food for six meals and two snacks.  The typical backpack contains a variety of child-friendly, easy to prepare food usually including protein and fruit juices, and the cost is $3.50 for approximately 2 to 5 pounds of food.

 

Child Hunger Facts

Research indicates that even mild under-nutrition experienced by young children during critical periods of growth impacts the behavior of children and their overall cognitive development according to the Links Between Nutrition and Cognitive Development of Children, 1998 Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

 

How to Help

For more information to sponsor a Backpack Program, contact our Nutrition Programs Manager, Darcy Kelley at 251-653-1617, ext. 117 or

dkelley@bayareafoodbank.org .  Groups are also welcome to pack bags at the food bank.

 

To make an online donation to the Backpack Program, click the “Donate Now” button on this page and select the state of your choice under "Program Designations".

 

 

Alabama Credit Union also offers support to our Backpack Program. You can donate through their Secret Meals site by purchasing a Serve Alabama Cookbook for $10. Click HERE to donate.

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