BackPack Program

When schools are let out for the weekend, thousands of Northland children are without their subsidized school breakfast and lunch. For many, these missing meals mean that they have less, or even nothing, to eat on the weekend.

Our BackPack Program provides a solution to hunger for children on weekends. Food for our program is leveraged through national and regional suppliers. We secure easy-to-open, easy-to-prepare food with a balance of nutrition. It arrives at our facility where it’s packed into small bags by volunteers. Once packed, the food is transported to schools throughout the Northland.

We collaborate with teachers, school nurses, social workers, and other school staff who identify a need in children’s homes. Children are enrolled in our program and receive their bags of food weekly, on Fridays, just in time for their weekend.

“I love having food at home!” Kindergarten Student, Two Harbors, MN

Each year thanks to people like you, an important meal gap is filled for thousands of children in need throughout NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin as part of our BackPack Program.

Feed Hungry Children


Our BackPack Program is available for food insecure or chronically hungry children. If your child is in need of additional food, please click here to learn more about this program, or here for all available resources.