How does the BackPack program work?
Backpack food programs aim to close the gap in meals for children between Friday lunch and Monday breakfast by providing food for children over breaks during the school year, such as weekends and longer holidays. Backpacks provide food for one child and typically contain nonperishable, easy-to-assemble meals.
What is the BackPack program?
What is a backpack food program? Backpack food programs provide nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to children to ensure they get enough food on weekends and holidays to avoid hunger when they can’t depend on school meals. Every backpack food program is unique to the community and school it serves.
What is the BackPack food program?
Backpack food programs offer families free groceries for weekends and school breaks. Food backpacks include healthy, easy-to-prepare food for kid-friendly meals. Feeding America member food banks partner with schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and community centers to distribute backpacks to kids.
How do I donate my backpack?
How to Find Free Backpacks and School Supplies
- Explore Your Local School District.
- Check With Local Charities.
- Look for Area Backpack Drives.
- Search Freecycle.org and Craigslist.org.
- Scour BOGO Sales.
Who funds the backpack program?
The Backpacks Program is run entirely by volunteers and receives no funding from the school district, state, or federal sources.
When did the backpack program start?
HISTORY: The first backpack food program began in 1995. The program was developed in Little Rock, Arkansas out of the concern of a school nurse who was seeing a large number of children in her clinic tired, sick, and falling behind in class because of hunger and food scarcity in their homes.
Who started the backpack program?
Weekend Backpack Programs are not a new idea. The first one was founded in 1995 by a school nurse in Little Rock, Arkansas who noticed that students often came to her office on Mondays complaining of stomach aches and headaches, and realized that many of these students ate little to no food over the weekend.
What is the Summer Food Service Program?
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded, state-administered program. SFSP reimburses program operators who serve free healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in low-income areas.
How do you make a food program?
Making a meal plan can be broken down into six simple steps:
- Review your schedule.
- Choose your recipes.
- Plug the recipes into your schedule.
- Make your grocery list.
- Eat, enjoy, and repeat!
How do you throw a backpack and drive?
You can let people know about your back to school backpack and supply drive through a number of ways.
- Hang up a poster on a bulletin board.
- Create a display in your lobby about your backpack drive.
- Mention Operation Backpack® in your newsletter.
- Bring it up in team meetings.
- Send out an email to everyone.