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Backpack Buddies is the supplemental weekend feeding program of Second Harvest Community Food Bank. Children are provided with a healthy breakfast, a healthy lunch and a healthy snack each weekend during the school year, including holiday breaks. Children will receive food based on four rotating menus that are offered throughout the year.  

Over 3,400 children in 18 counties in over 100 schools, Head Start or after-school programs are signed up for the program for the 2014-2015 school year. The Backpack Buddies program covers 36 weeks of the school year and also covers holiday breaks.

View our Backpack Buddies schools in Missouri and Kansas.

It only costs $150 to sponsor a child for an entire school year. Click here to donate.

Please designate in the Comments section that you would like to allocate your gift to "Backpack Buddies" and to which county or school.


*If you prefer to donate by check, please mail it to:

Second Harvest Community Food Bank
915 Douglas Street, St. Joseph, MO 64505

Please mark Backpack Buddies and the county you would like to designate in the memo line.

*A special thanks to United Way of Greater St. Joseph's H.E.L.P. Fund for supporting over 66 children in St. Joseph and to Mosaic Life Care for providing funds for fresh carrots and sliced apples to our Backpack Buddies!

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Generous funding for St. Joseph/Buchanan County is also provided by the Southside Progressive Association.

Thank you for caring for our area children!