BackPack Program

What schools are saying about the BackPack Program:
“Children with poor attendance are always here on food days.”
“Children are more socially involved with peers since the startup of the program.”
“They seem to have a sense of calm knowing that they have food on the weekends.”
“Monday mornings are much better! Less lethargy, complaints and visits to nurses.”

All school-aged children today have one thing in common: the ever-present backpack. For most kids, a backpack might contain books and other school supplies.

For children participating in the BackPack Program, it means much more: a weekend with a full belly.

How does the BackPack Program work?

Bags of kid-friendly, nonperishable, vitamin-fortified food from all five food groups are packed and distributed to participating schools. Guidance counselors, school nurses and other staff identify students in need and send permission slips home to their parents explaining the program.

Your contributions also make this program possible and help us expand it to include more children! Please consider giving to the Vermont Foodbank today.

Schools are selected to participate in the program based on the percentage of youth eligible for free lunches at the school.

1,350 youth will receive backpacks each week through the BackPack Program. In a year’s time, the Vermont Foodbank will package approximately 42,000 bags or 146,000 pounds of food for children in need.

Academy School, Brattleboro

Alburgh Elementary School

Barre City School

Barre Town School

Barton Graded School

Bennington Elementary School

Berkshire Elementary School

Berlin Elementary School

Blue Mountain Union

Braintree Elementary

Brighton Elementary School

Central Elementary School, Bellows Falls

Echo Valley-Orange Campus

Echo Valley-Washington Campus

Green Street School, Brattleboro

Isle La Motte Elementary School

Johnson Elementary

Lunenburg Elementary School

Molly Stark Elementary, Bennington

Morristown Elementary School

Newport City Elementary School

Northeast Elementary School, Rutland

Northfield Elementary School

Northfield Middle and High School

Northwest Elementary School, Rutland

Oak Grove School, Brattleboro

Orleans Elementary School

Pownal Elementary School

Randolph Elementary

Richford Elementary School

Roxbury Village School

Saint Albans City School

Saint Johnsbury School

Spaulding High School, Barre

Troy Elementary School

Williamstown Elementary School

JFK Elementary School, Winooski

This program is made possible through the generous support of these organizations and companies: Ludcke Foundation, Rona Jaffe Foundation, National Life Group Charitable Foundation,, Joy in Childhood Foundation, Red Nose Day Fund of Comic Relief, Inc., Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dead River Company, Turrell Fund, United Church of Hinesburg, Barre Lions Club, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Albertsons Companies Foundation, and Entertainment Industry Foundation.