The mission of the Backpack Program is to meet the needs of chronically hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available.
Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Backpack Program is located at schools that have a high incidence of children in need. Each Backpack site distributes a pack of food to each participating child on Friday afternoon.
What’s in a Backpack?
Backpacks are filled with enough food for six meals and two snacks. The typical backpack contains a variety of child-friendly, easy to prepare food usually including protein and fruit juices, and the cost is $3.50 for approximately 2 to 5 pounds of food.
How to Help
– To make an online donation to the Backpack Program, click the here and select the state of your choice under “Program Designations”.
– Alabama Credit Union also offers support to our Backpack Program. You can donate through their Secret Meals site by purchasing a Serve Alabama Cookbook for $10. Click here to donate.
-It costs $125 to feed one child for an entire school year.
For more information to sponsor a Backpack Program, contact our Nutrition Programs Director, Kim Lawkis, at 251-653-1617, ext. 117. Groups are also welcome to pack bags at the food bank.