The Backpack Program helps 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. Every Friday, the school distributes a bag of food to the participating children.
How it Works
Teachers and school counselors identify students who would benefit from the Backpack Program. Then the food bank is given the number of children in need at the school. The children’s identities remain anonymous to the food bank, donors, and their peers.
With the help of volunteers, the food bank prepares bags of food for the children. Bags are placed discreetly in children’s backpacks on Friday afternoons for them to take home over the weekend.
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. Each bag cost $4 to prepare.
Ways to Help
$135 will sponsor a child for an entire school year.
- To make an online donation to the Backpack Program, click here and select the state of your choice.
- Volunteer to help pack bags of food for the program. The food bank needs volunteers to assemble the bags before they can be delivered to the schools.
- Become an advocate for the program. Many are unaware of the severity and extent of child hunger in our communities. By promoting the program, you can help spread the word about child hunger and ways we work to alleviate it.
- 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.
For more information to sponsor a Backpack Program, contact our Nutrition Programs Director, Brian Phelan at 251-653-1617, ext. 117.