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The Weekend Backpack Program™
Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program provides food insecure children with a bag of
nutritious child-friendly food for them to take home over the weekends,
when they might otherwise go hungry.
More than 1,500 children in more than 40 elementary schools in Springfield and across the Ozarks benefit from this innovative, life-saving program that began in 2003. Download the one-sheet to share or the booklet of testimonials from child participants.
Springfield Schools (19)
Outlying Area Schools (23)
Central Park Elementary
Fair Play Elementary
Marion C. Early Elementary
Mount Vernon Elementary
**New in 2013–14
*Increased backpacks in 2013–14
Please read more heart-wrenching testimonials below!
Click to see what program administrators, volunteers and parents are saying:
Click to see what the actual participant children are sharing:
Ozarks Food Harvest prefers monetary donations for the Weekend Backpack Program™ because The Food Bank must purchase specific items at a bulk, discounted rate.
Heartfelt thanks to the following major funding partners: