Valparaiso Community Schools Backpack Program

What it is:

  • The Backpack Program collects food for over 200 students at Valparaiso Community Schools.
  • There are children in our community that go hungry after they go home. School officials and volunteers pack bags with child-friendly, non perishable foods and discreetly distribute them to qualifying students each Friday as they head home from school for the weekend. Each pack includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack for each day the child is out of school.
  • Backpacks are provided and packed with food for weekend meals.
  • Older children (high school) are sent home with food they can prepare.

How you can help:

  • You can donate food at our office or donate a monetary gift.
  • Checks can be payable to Valparaiso Community Schools with “Backpack Program” in the memo section

Valparaiso Schools Backpack Program Wish List

  • Canned meat (Chicken, Tuna, etc.)
  • Pasta/Spaghetti Noodles
  • Spaghetti Sauce (Can or Plastic)
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Canned Chili
  • Soup
  • Crackers
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter (Plastic Jar)
  • Jelly (plastic Jar)
  • Mac N Cheese
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Cup of Soup
  • Pudding Snack Packs
  • Fruit Cups
  • Canned Fruit
  • Vegetable Cups
  • Individual Bags of Chips
  • Individual Juices/Juice Boxes
  • Kool-Aid Package

Read this article for more information:

Better pack your bag, hunger. We’re coming for you.