Food 4 Kids Backpack Program

Discretely providing food to school-aged students to ensure they have something to eat on weekends and holiday breaks during the school year.

  • Happy Kids From The Food 4 Kids Program
  • Happy Kids From The Food 4 Kids Program

Many students in Northern Indiana rely on school for their most nutritious or only, meal of the day.  You can help a child focus on learning during the school year instead of focusing on the pangs of hunger.

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 $140 donation can feed one child for a school year.  For more information about the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, please contact the Food Bank at (574) 232.9986 ext. 124 or contact us.

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