BackPacks for Kids Program
We are currently serving hungry children in 40 schools in the Big Country!
We work through your local school system, often in conjunction with concerned citizens, churches & civic groups to provide financial and volunteer support to make Backpacks for Kids a successful endeavor.
2005: The Backpack Program was piloted as a national program of Feeding America.
2006: The National Council approved the BackPack Program of the Feeding America Network.
2006-2011: College Heights Elementary in Abilene, TX became our pilot program, and now we have expanded to 61 schools in the Big Country!
Current Participating Communities
- Abilene: Bassetti, Dyess, Lee, Long Early Learning Center, Jackson, Johnston, Ortiz, Reagan Pre-K & Elementary, and Wylie Early Childhood Center
- Breckenridge: North, East & South Elementary Schools
- Brownwood: 15 Schools in Brown County
Backpacks for Kids provides backpacks filled with food that is child friendly, nonperishable, and easily consumed. Backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on Friday afternoons and or before holiday vacations.
Chronically hungry children are targeted to receive the backpacks. They are identified by a teacher or counselor, and parents are asked permission for the child to participate.
Currently, 1 sack filled with food cost $4.99. Therefore, to feed a hungry child each weekend during the school year, it takes $180.00.
Backpacks for Kids is sustained through many generous donations of individuals, groups; and grants from commercial sources, as well as Foundations.