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THE BACKPACK PROGRAM


Filling the Gap So Children Won't Go Hungry Over Weekends

We believe that no child should ever go hungry. Yet, many children who receive free and reduced priced school meals are left without the nutrition they need on weekends and holiday breaks when school is not in session. By providing children who are at risk of hunger with a bag of nutritious food each Friday throughout the school year, the BackPack Program™ attempts to reduce this gap and help children return to school on Monday ready to learn. 

Started as a pilot program with 3 sites in October 2005, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has reached its goal of expanding the BackPack Program™ to all 41 school districts in our six county service area. The program now reaches almost 3,000 children each week! We continute to work to expand the program, as there are over 39,000 school-age children who qualify for free or reduced price meals at schools, and who may be at risk of hunger.


 
The BackPack Program™ requires very specific, kid-friendly foods!

  •     Kid-friendly
  •     Nutritious
  •     Individually packaged
  •     Small and light enough to carry
  •     Shelf stable
  •     Easy to prepare - even without a stove (or in some cases a can opener)
  •     Not going to break (no glass jars)
  •     Each pack contains at least 8 items: 2 Proteins, 2 Grains, 2 Dairy & 2 Fruits or Vegetables

You can Help. It's as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Volunteer to help repack donated items into the packs for distribution.
2. Donate to help sustain the program, or help expand the program to more children.
3. Host a food drive with your group to collect items from the BackPack Program™ Wish List.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Edger, Director of Community Programs
at 607.796.6061 x4037 or email jedger@feedingamerica.org

CONTACT US
388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4

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