The Backpacks

Every week, volunteers fill backpacks with donated meals.

Backpacks are delivered to local high schools and middle schools for students to pick up.  Low-income students receive the backpacks discreetly on Fridays to ensure their privacy.

Each backpack is filled with easy-to-fix meals.  A typical backpack contains:

3 entrees (like mac ‘n’ cheese or vegetable stew)

fresh fruit

2 protein bars

1 vegetable cup or baked beans

1 pudding cup

1 popcorn or chips

2 chicken or tuna or cup-o-noodles

3 milks

6 fruit cups, applesauce, or juice


“We love the soups.  If mom is working late and doesn’t have time to cook, we can cook the soups for dinner and eat together.  The kids LOVE ravioli and mac and cheese.  My sister cried when I ate the only ravioli in there.”- Bellevue high school student