When children leave school for the weekend, the last thing they should worry about is having enough to eat. The Family BackPack Program ensures that children at risk of hunger and their families have food to eat when school-based resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. Each Friday, or the day before a school vacation, families receive backpacks full of nutritious foods to take home. Were it not for the BackPack Program, many of these children would go hungry outside of school hours.
We launched our BackPack Program in the fall of 2006 at Craigsville Elementary School in Augusta County with 90 children. Today, thousands benefit from this afterschool program. We select elementary schools that have at least 50% or more of its students receiving free and reduced-price school lunches through the National School Lunch Program. Inside of a typical bag, you'll find family-size items like oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauce, beans, rice, canned meats and more.
EXISITING BACKPACK PROGRAM LOCATIONS
- Albemarle County
- Amherst County
- Augusta County
- Campbell County
- Fluvanna County
- Loudoun County