Food for Kids BackPacks -


A program of Feeding America, the BackPack Program gives eligible children a personal backpack filled with wholesome food worth six meals to take home every Friday. Currently almost 2,000 children in the region benefit from this program every weekend - about 1,000 during the summer when schools are on break.

Eligibility is based primarily on the child being eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

Mid-South Food Bank has 17 Food for Kids BackPack Programs in Memphis and north Mississippi. They are in selected Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Incorporated locations and Memphis Catholic Diocese Jubilee Schools. Jubilee schools are inner-city Catholic elementary schools that are like private schools but, thanks to an endowment, the children do not pay any tuition.

The food is wholesome, individually packaged, easy-open and requires little or no preparation. The food is designed to feed that child over the weekend – not the entire family – so that he or she will not come back to school hungry on Monday.

Each BackPack Program has a sponsor that pays the base cost of the program.

Anyone can volunteer to help pack backpacks. For more information contact Volunteer Services,