The East Texas Food Bank partners with schools throughout our service area to provide food for children who participate in free and reduced price meal programs during the week, but are at risk of going hungry on weekends and holidays.
Caring teachers and staff members identify children who are showing signs of hunger or malnutrition, and discreetly distribute a backpack of food for them to take home.
The backpacks come filled with nutritious, easy-to-open food that does not require stove-top cooking. Empty backpacks are returned by the students and refilled for the following weekend.
During the 2016-2017 school year, we served more than 6,300 children across 149 school campuses, distributing a total of more than 182,900 backpacks.
The typical backpack contains a variety of food usually including protein and fruit juices, and runs typically 36 weeks.