We provide kid-friendly, non-perishable food to students over the weekend when school meals are not available and there may be little to no food to eat at home. Each recipient meets specific financial guidelines and, in addition, has been personally identified by school counselors as in need of food over the weekend.
We need your help to support these kids in the coming year. Here's what you can do:
Contribute Financially: Consider making a donation to the Program. You can send a check made out to VESPTO, clearly labeled with “Backpack Buddies” to school with your student. For $380, you can “adopt” a backpack and provide weekend meals to a child in need for entire school year. Group sponsorships are another great way to help! Please consider asking your book club, Girl or Boy Scout Troop, bible study, neighbors, etc., to sponsor a backpack as a group!
Donate Food Directly: We are always in need of direct donations to the pantry: soup, tuna, beans, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables and dry pasta and rice are always needed. Contributing to the food bank is as easy as picking up an extra item on your weekly shopping trip. You can always send donations to school with your students.
Volunteer: We need volunteers to collect and distribute backpacks, inventory the food shelf and pack backpacks every week! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to help!
Spread the word: Tell your neighbors and friends about the program and ask them to help! And follow Backpack Buddies on Facebook!
Please help us ensure that no student returns to school on Monday hungry! Childhood hunger is happening to kids in our neighborhood, but we can do something about it. Please do what you can to help!
Thank you to the dozens of families who have donated food or made financial contributions to Backpack Buddies; your help is making a difference for kids in need at Victory Elementary.
Special thanks to the following businesses, families and organizations who have “adopted” one or more backpacks for the entire school year or have gone above and beyond in another way to support our program!