BackPack Food Program
Kids need proper nutrition every day in order to grow, develop and learn properly. Going even a day or two without food can have a huge impact on a child. Our BackPack ProgramTM provides a weekend sack of kid-friendly, nutritionally balanced food to children every Friday during the school year. If this is the only food the child has access to before returning to school, they are still in a position to learn.
How does it work? The Food Bank of Iowa provide boxes of BackPack sacks to community partners and schools every week. Teachers and other school staff distribute the bags to kids in need every Friday.
Benefits of the BackPack ProgramTM are felt most strongly on Monday mornings, when BackPack sack recipients are better equipped to learn and behavioral incidents are greatly reduced. Proper childhood nutrition helps kids succeed in school and contribute more later in life. The BackPack Program™ can have a positive impact throughout a child’s life. All BackPack sacks are provided entirely free to partner schools.