Backpack Buddy

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. 

The new 2017/2018 Backpack Buddy Application will be available August 1, 2017.  If you have any questions about the procedures for adding your school, please contact Backpack Buddy staff. 

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.

icn_conferenceChild Hunger Conference

Child Hunger Conference is a mandatory training provided to Backpack Buddy sites in the fall for current and prospective schools wanting to participate in the backpack Buddy program in the 2017/2018 school year.  Although three dates are provided for scheduling, schools are only required to attend one training.  In addition to Backpack Buddy program, schools will have an opportunity to get information of other programs the Houston Food Bank offers to schools at the training.  Please RSVP with the links below. 

Child Hunger Conference Session 1:
Tuesday,  August 8,  8am-11am
Light refreshments provided

Child Hunger Conference Session 2:
Tuesday,  August 22, 8am-11 am
Light refreshments provided

Child Hunger Conference Session 3:
Thursday, September 7, 8am-11am
Light refreshments provided

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 Information Flier
Backpack Buddy Permission Slips
Backpack Buddy Student Referral Form
Backpack Buddy Reporting

Backpack Buddy Coordinator

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

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