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Download the Food Bank of Iowa's BackPack Program™ Factsheet to help promote the program in your community.


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BackPack Program™


The BackPack Program™ is designed to lessen the consequence of chronic childhood hunger by providing a sack of kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare foods to low-income elementary school children on weekends when they do not have access to the federal free and reduced-price meal program. There is no cost for children, their families or schools to participate in the BackPack Program™.

The contents of the backpacks vary each week, but contain a variety of items such as pop-top meals or soup, 100% juice, single-serve cereal, fruit cups, sunbutter (made with sunflower seeds), shelf-stable 2% milk, pudding cups and snacks.

This year, we will serve more than 5,000 low income children each week at 139 sites in 31 Iowa counties.

Get Involved

  • Click here to discover how you can become a BackPack Program™ school.
  • Click here if you are an EXISTING partner and would like to expand your program*.


*Please note, current schools' requests to expand their programs must be made by their site coordinator at the school, via e-mail. Decisions to add students to your school's Backpack Program™ will be made following the same timeline as adding new schools.

I want to help!


For less than $4 per sack, you can provide a backpack full of food to a child in need.

Download a BackPack Program™ factsheet (PDF)