Backpack Buddy

Backpack_Buddy.jpgMany children who rely on free or reduced-priced lunches during the school year go home to meager or no meals on weekends. The Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program works to fill that gap.

On Fridays, at participating schools and other locations, children take home child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin-fortified food.

The food is given to the children discreetly, to avoid inviting unwanted attention.

How to get involved
Make a donation to Backpack Buddy through the Houston Food Bank.  Gifts of any amount are welcome.

Donate healthy, nonperishable child-friendly food.

Donate
Help support Houston Food Bank programs like Backpack Buddy!
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Most Needed Items for Backpack Buddy
Protein

  • Meat stews with vegetables
  • Canned chicken or tuna
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned beans

Fruits & Vegetables:

  • Fruit cups packed in 100% juice
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Canned vegetables

Grains

  • Boxed grains, including cereal (12 - 16 oz.)
  • Macaroni and cheese (low fat or regular)
  • Canned pasta meals (such as Chef Boyardee)

Healthy Snacks

  • Yogurt cereal bars
  • Fruit filled cereal bars
  • Granola bars
  • Low fat crackers
  • Low fat/low sugar cookies

Dairy

  • Shelf-stable milk (plain or chocolate)

Forms/Printables
Interested in the Backpack Buddy program for your school? 
2013 - 2014 Backpack Buddy Schedule
Backpack Buddy Fact Sheet 
Backpack Buddy Monthly Report Form 
Backpack Buddy Permission Slip 

Contact
Lauren Horton
School Programs Specialist
713-547-9205

Donate Today!

Your contribution enables the Houston Food Bank to continue feeding over 865,000 individuals each year.


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