BackPack Program

Twenty-two million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. What happens when they go home over the weekend?

For more than 15 years, the Feeding America BackPack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need to get enough to eat on the weekends. Today, bags of food are assembled at more than 160 local food banks and then distributed to more than 450,000 children at the end of the week. With your help, we can provide more food to more children in need.

Want to find a Backpack Program in your community?

Use the Food Bank Locator to contact your local food bank and find out what it is doing in your community.

Need more information on getting food assistance?

If you need additional support, visit our Need Help page for details on programs that can assist you and your family.

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