The BackPack Program
With your help, the BackPack program
increase flexibility.
rejuvenate your mind.
de-stress and work out.
No more hungry weekends with these take home bags filled with meals and snacks.
In collaboration with schools in our 16 county service area, the BackPack Program provides chronically hungry children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, nutritious, kid-friendly, shelf-stable food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.
The BackPack Program was started in 2004 with 100 backpacks being given out at 5 schools in the Waterloo School District. During the 2018-2019 school year, we provided over 125,000 bags of food to kids at 141 schools in 16 counties.
Chronically hungry students are identified by staff members at participating schools.
Each food sack is pre-assembled at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank by volunteers throughout the month.
Volunteers and staff of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank then delivers pre-assembled food sacks for those children to take home on Friday afternoons.

Volunteer: Looking for an opportunity to make an impact, enhance teambuilding and have fun doing it?

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Interested? Want more information on the BackPack program and all of the work that goes into it?

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