One in four southeast Texas children are at-risk of hunger, which means they don’t have consistent access to enough nutritious food. Many of these children rely on school meals to provide breakfast and lunch during the school year. During breaks, such as weekends and holidays, many of these children go home to little or no meals. The Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program works to fill that gap by providing nutritious, child-friendly food for school children to take home over the weekend.
Through the Backpack Buddy program, the Houston Food Bank, works in partnership with participating schools, schools district delivery sites, and other community partners, to ensure that the food sacks are distributed to children on every Friday during the school year.
If your school is interested in participating in the Backpack Buddy program, please fill out the new online 2017/2018 Backpack Buddy Application. Once the completed application is received, a backpack Buddy staff member will contact you with any additional steps to complete the process to start the program. If you have additional questions about the procedures for adding your school, please contact Backpack Buddy staff. For more information, please read the 2017/2018 Backpack Buddy Informational Packet.
If you are interested in having your child on the Backpack Buddy program, please contact the principal or school counselor at your child's school to find out if the school participates in the program. If your school is not a part of the Backpack Buddy program, you may direct your school principal or counselor to this site for more information.
How to get involved
Make a donation to Backpack Buddy through the Houston Food Bank. Gifts of any amount are welcome.
You can donate healthy, nonperishable child-friendly food. See our list of most needed food items. If you would like to participate in your own food drive, please fill our our Food Drive Proposal form.
Backpack Buddy Resources
Backpack Buddy Manager