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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. 


 

Children in the BackPack Program receive nutritious, kid-friendly food

  •     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.


BACKPACK CHAMPIONS
In 2016, 
the BackPack Program™ turned 10! This prompted us to identify and recognize 10 key individuals who helped build the program and make it what it is today. These Champions, along with countless volunteers, school officials, coordinators, and donors, work tirelessly each day to tackle the issue of childhood hunger in the Southern Tier. Click here to learn about each champion.  
    
  
  

 

 


Interested in enrolling your child in the BackPack Program? Find the BackPack Coordinator at your school district.


For more information contact:
Shanté Tranchant, Youth Programs Coordinator
at 607.796.6061  or via email


HELP BEYOND FOOD
For more information, dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-346-2211) or visit www.211helpline.org.
You might be eligible to receive monthly food assistance through SNAP (food stamps). Click here to learn more, or call 607-796-5592.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)

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