ONE IN FIVE IOWA CHILDREN DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.
The BackPack Program™ is designed to lessen the consequence of chronic childhood hunger by providing a sack of kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare foods to low-income elementary school children on weekends when they do not have access to the federal free and reduced-price meal program. There is no cost for children, their families or schools to participate in the BackPack Program™.
The contents of the backpacks vary each week, but contain a variety of items such as pop-top meals or soup, 100% juice, single-serve cereal, fruit cups, sunbutter (made with sunflower seeds), shelf-stable 2% milk, pudding cups and snacks.
This year, we will serve more than 4,800 low income children each week at 126 sites in 26 Iowa counties.
- Click here to discover how you can become a BackPack Program™ school today.
We are currently accepting applications from the following counties: Buena Vista, Calhoun, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Guthrie, Hamilton, Humboldt, Kossuth, Lucas, Madison, O'brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Warren, Worth and Wright.
- Click here if you are an EXISTING partner and would like to expand your program*.
*Please note, current school's requests to expand their programs must be made by their site coordinator at the school, via e-mail. Decisions to add students to your school's Backpack Program™ will be made following the same timeline as adding new schools.
I want to help!
For less than $4 per sack, you can provide a backpack full of food to a child in need.