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Backsacks - Weekend Food For Kids

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One out of every 4 children are a part of families living at or below the poverty level.  As one of the most vulnerable populations, they can't do much for themselves if food is scarce or inaccessible.

BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids is aimed to help the MOST vulnerable of this population. 

A BackSack is a grocery bag filled with kid-friendly, shelf-stable foods to provide enough food and drinks for students in grades K-6. The products in the BackSack, decided on with a nutritionist, keep up with the unpredictable taste buds of the average kid.  All items included can be opened by a child and do not require refrigeration or heating.




  • The BackSacks Program is available to schools with K-6th graders in our 21 county service area.
  • Gleaners trains staff members of eligible schools on identifying the hallmarks of chronic hunger.  Gleaners provides a referral form and identification tool that can help school staff members determine which students are most in need.  Students in need of BackSacks often have crisis or neglect at home, hoard food, and are anxious about food situations both at home and at school.


Because of fantastic support from individuals and communities, the BackSacks Program has grown greatly since its inception in 2006.  There are 229 participating schools representing ALL 21 counties of Gleaners' service area.  Gleaners delivers 10,000 BackSacks every week.  That means 10,000 students are receiving weekend meals every school week.

Megan Ellis
Youth Programs Coordinator
317-925-0191 x126