Although free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs provide significant nutritional benefits to students during the school day, many disadvantaged children do not have access to regular meals when school is not in session. The BackPack Program helps alleviate child hunger by discreetly providing hungry children with backpacks full of nutritious and easy-to-prepare food on Friday afternoons so they have food to eat throughout the weekend.

Each BackPack contains:

  • 2 breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal packets, graham crackers, granola bars)
  • 3 entrées (mac & cheese, PB & J, Spaghettios, tuna, soup)
  • A loaf of bread
  • Stewart’s milk card for a gallon of milk (distributed every other week)
  • 2 juice boxes (100% juice when possible)
  • Fresh fruits
  • Canned vegetables (distributed monthly)
  • 2 snacks (cookies, popcorn, pudding, etc.)

Menus change each week to provide participating children with variety.

Who we serve

The BackPack Program serves more than 1,100 students in 43 schools across 4 counties.

Complete list of schools.
BackPack Program fact sheet.

New Schools

The BackPack Program continues to grow.  We are excited to talk to potential new BackPack partner schools about enrolling in the BackPack Program throughout the school year.

Once new schools have completed the BackPack onboarding process, they can begin providing bags to students mid-October through mid-November or early January through the end of March.

Sponsors and Donors

The BackPack Program is made possible by the generous support of many individuals and businesses. BackPack Program donors.

How you can help

To donate to the BackPack Program, make a cash donation here and choose “BackPack Program” in the Program Designation drop-down menu.

For more information about the BackPack Program, please contact:

Josie Ramnani
Children’s Program Coordinator
845-534-5344 x102
jramnani@foodbankofhudsonvalley.org.