When children leave school for the weekend or holidays, 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.
The BackPack Program was launched in 2006 at Craigsville Elementary School in Augusta County with 90 children. Today, thousands benefit from this afterschool program every year. Participating schools report 50% or more of their students qualify for free- or reduced-lunches through the National School Lunch Program.
The Family BackPack includes components to provide the foundation of 13 meals. 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.