Backpack Buddy

Many 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.

Help support Houston Food Bank programs like Backpack Buddy!
Donate Online

Most Needed Items for Backpack Buddy

  • 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


  • 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


  • Shelf-stable milk (plain or chocolate)

Interested in the Backpack Buddy program for your school? 
Backpack Buddy Permission Slip 
Fact Sheet 

Backpack Buddy Coordinator
School Programs Specialist

Donate Today!

Thank you! You're helping us feed hungry families and individuals throughout southeast Texas.

Agency Login

I forgot my password | Resend activation e-mail