Our BackPack Program provides backpacks full of supplemental, nutritious food to children who are food insecure over the weekend. When a child is food insecure, he or she is at great risk of going hungry. To combat this problem, food packages are picked up weekly by participating schools where staff members distribute them in backpacks, which are also donated by our program. The children may keep these backpacks for personal use.
We are currently serving 1,800 children participating from 30 schools located in 11 cities: Elizabeth, Newark, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Irvington, East Orange, Orange, Jersey City, Harrison, Roselle and Paterson.