What it is
The Friday Backpack Program is an emergency fix for a problem that has defied solution.
During the school year many children rely on resources such as free and reduced meals at school for their primary source of food and nutrition. FBP addresses the needs of hungry children at times when other food resources are not available such as weekends and school vacations. Their nutritional needs do not end when school dismisses for the weekend. This supplemental food helps sustain hungry children over the weekend so they return to school ready to learn.
Food insecurity has a marked impact on children’s health and academic progress. The Friday Backpack Program hopes to address this.