Backpacks for Kids

Backpacks for Kids was developed to address the need for food for children identified as being homeless. Children identified as being homeless are defined as children who are living in overcrowded housing, staying with family or friends, staying in hotels/shelters, or sleeping in vehicles.

These children are served breakfast and lunch while attending school during the week, but because of their living situation they do not have adequate food over the weekends.

Backpacks are filled with "kid-friendly" foods such as cereal, granola/yogurt bars, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding, canned dinners, peanut butter, jelly and bread. Backpacks are delivered to the schools on Friday or the last day of each school week. The school distributes them to children in need and the children return the backpacks to the school the following week to be refilled. Community Action works together with the schools to determine who is in need of the backpacks.

Food and financial donations are accepted for this program.

  • National CAP
  • National Community Action Foundation
  • Community Action Program Legal Services