BackPack Program

 

 

 

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 2014-2015 school year, we provided nearly 121,000 bags of food to 4,600 kids at 131 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.

 

 

Interested in becoming a BackPack site?  Click here the application and information packet link below.

 

To learn more about the BackPack program, contact Susan Kraus, Director of Network Relations, at 319-235-0507.

 

To volunteer to pack BackPacks, contact Rhianna Galema, Talent Coordinator, at 319-235-0507.