Since 2006, the Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program has been filling sacks of nutritious food that’s kid-friendly, shelf-stable and ready-to-eat with little or no cooking. This extra food improves their ability to learn and quality of life.
One in four children in northern Indiana lives in a food insecure household.
The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program is designed for students in grades K-6 and is free to eligible students. Participaing schools are identified as having a high rate of children eligible for free/reduced lunch programs. During the 2016-2017 school year, the Backpack Program is providing weekend food bags to nearly 2,000 students in schools in Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties.
The Jordan Automotive Group has been the Food 4 Kids Backpack Presenting Sponsor since 2009.
A $1.00 donation buys nearly three meals. 94 cents of every dollar donated goes back into our community to support programming.