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Children should not go hungry on the weekends

KOMO News spot

“Every Friday, hundreds of kids in the Bellevue School District head home with a packet of food. Each kid gets two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners, plus some healthy snacks. Without these backpack meals, they’d go hungry.

Backpack Meals for Kids, a group of dedicated volunteers, has been filling this food gap for 8 years.

“I don’t know what we would do without it. I really don’t,” said Deb Kraft, director of K-12 counseling with the Bellevue School District.”  Read more from Herb Weisbaum of KOMO news here.




Every weekend, children go hungry.  In Bellevue.

For too many Bellevue school kids, the only meals they get are at school.  On the weekends, they don’t have enough to eat.  When children are hungry, everything else is harder, including learning.

The Backpack Meals for Kids program is working to fill that gap.

Backpack Meals for Kids provides free, easy-to-make meals each Friday so they have food to eat over the weekend.  Backpacks are also provided free to children who need them when they join the program.

Because children shouldn’t go hungry on the weekends.




You can make a real difference

Here are some of the notes left by students who have received backpacks:

  •    “Thank you so much for giving us food so we don’t stay hungry. You guys are amazing and so kind.”
  •    “Thank you for donating food for us. I feel happy and appreciate what you do for my family.”
  •    “Thanx a lot. It tastes grat! I love it so much. Your very nise. So kind. Your the best!”

School staff  also wrote to share their positive assessment of BPM:

  •    From Highland Middle School:  “This program has greatly helped our students and families with sustenance, but also with connectedness. Students feel loved and appreciated when getting their food for the weekend.”
  •    From Tyee Middle School:  I love the Backpack Meals program for many reasons. The most obvious is knowing that the kids are going home with the  food they need for the weekend. They are so happy and it is wonderful to see. The program is also very easy for me and the kids to manage and maintain.”
  •    From Tillicum Middle School:  “We receive emails from parents who are so grateful for the food. You are a wonderful support to our school and we are so thankful.”

Purchase art and sponsor a child!faridapaint

Local artist Farida Hakim is donating her beautiful artwork to help raise money for Backpack Meals for Kids! Your purchase of an original $360 painting commissioned just for you will sponsor a child for a full school year. You may also order a set of blank notecards printed from original paintings to support Backpack Meals for Kids. Please visit for more information.

*Farida Hakim is a member of the Association of Fine Arts and Northwest Watercolor Society.



In the News:  Backpack Meals highlighted by Eastside Pathways

Backpack Meals is a partner with Eastside Pathways, a crucial organization supporting community service across the Eastside.  Eastside Pathways recently highlighted Backpack Meals on their website.  Thank you to Eastside Pathways for their support!  Read the article here.


Backpack Meals has the generous support of many local organizations, including:

Windermere Foundation
Bellevue Sunrise Rotary

Lehmbecker Law
Domestic Hunger Grant of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Assistance League of the Eastside 
Knights of Columbus
Microsoft Matching
Lester and Bernice Smith Foundation
Herzl-Ner Tamid

And the families of many Bellevue & Redmond Churches and Mosques, including:

Thank you to our supporters


Eastside Christian Community Church
Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Muslim Community Resource Center, which coordinates their services with the Mosques on the Eastside
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
East Shore Unitarian Church
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
Cross-of Christ Lutheran Church
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Bellevue First Methodist Church
The Champions Centre Bellevue
Newport Presbyterian Church
St. Louise Parish
Church of the Resurrection