When local kids go hungry, we have their backs.

The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, especially on weekends. Each school’s administration selects eligible children, and then a backpack filled with six to eight pounds of nutritious, kid-friendly food is sent home with them each Friday. Volunteer Packing Partners fill the backpacks each week. Launched in 2006 with just two schools, the BackPack Program has grown to serve more than 2,300 children weekly in 78 schools across 16 counties.

BackPack Facts

  • In North Central Indiana, one in every five children struggles with hunger.
  • Even mild malnutrition can affect a child’s ability to learn.
  • Fifty percent of people served at local food pantries are children.
  • Food Finders supports the BackPack Program at 78 sites in 16 counties.
  • The BackPack Program is currently serving more than 2,300 children.
  • Over 101,000 backpacks were distributed in the 2018 – 2019 school year.
  • Just $7 each week provides healthy food for a child in need or $252 to feed a child for an entire year.


Are you interested in starting a BackPack Program at your school? Please call Food Finders and set up an appointment to talk with our Programs Staff and find out how to get started. 765.471.0062

Thanks to our corporate sponsors for their generous donation to the BackPack Program.

Site Sponsors


Battle Ground Elementary Burnett Creek Cole Elementary Cumberland Elementary Dayton Elementary Earhart Elementary Edgelea Elementary Edgelea Elementary Glen Acres Elementary Happy Hollow Elementary Hershey Elementary Klondike Elementary Mayflower Mill Elementary Miami Elementary Miller Elementary Mintonye Elementary Murdock Elementary Southwestern Middle School Vinton Elementary Wea Ridge Elementary Woodland Elementary West Lafayette High School Wyandotte Elementary School Otterbein Elementary Delphi Community Elementary School   Carroll Elementary Columbia Elementary Fairview Elementary Franklin Elementary Landis Elementary Pioneer Elementary Lewis Cass Schools Rossville Schools Attica Elementary Covington Elementary Southeast Fountain Rochester-Columbia Elementary Rochester-Riddle Elementary Rochester Middle School Caston Elementary Bon Air Elementary K-IRPC Head Start DeMotte Elementary Kankakee Valley Intermediate Kankakee Valley Middle/High School Rensselaer Central Primary School Wheatfield Elementary School North Miami South Peru   Hose Elementary Crawfordsville Middle School Sommer Elementary Pleasant Hill Elementary Nicholson Elementary Hoover Elementary Ladoga Elementary Wilson Family Literacy Preschool New Market Elementary Walnut Elementary South Newton Elementary Lincoln Elementary Morocco Elementary Lake Village Elementary Eastern Pulaski Elementary Winamac Head Start Tipton Elementary – West Street Church Tipton Elementary – Wesleyan Church Pine Village Elementary Warren Central Elementary Little People Pre-school Williamsport Elementary Frontier Elementary Tri County  


Adopt a BackPack Participants


Don Lynam Jon Revord Eric Barker Galen Stiverson Alex Gonzalez Rosie Gonzalez Michelle Akridge Frank Dooley Dale Hawkins Shannon Smeltz Jim Hayworth KD Benson Ed Eiler Becky  Martin Sherry Shipley   Tavis Barry Cathy Russell Kevin Van Gorder Christy Kuntz Dr. James Bien Ellen Phelps Don Lynam Margo Monteith Stephen Konieczny Jonathan Elkins Kerry Brown Noah Mattern Chris Voglund Nancy Lee Gwen Feemster   Vince Shissler Nancy Kerkhoff Barry Rubin Jeff Troike Scott Riggins Joe Howarth John Myers David Hoover Tim Delong Deb Downey Nikki McMillin Trulie Campbell Jeff Smith  


Packing Partners


Battle Ground Lions Club Lafayette Breakfast Optimist Friendship House Community Stockwell Fire Station Dayton Mother’s Club Community Reformed Church 1st United Methodist Church Christ United Meth Church Bethany Presbyterian Church Westminster Village Sunrise Christian Church Rotary Club of Lafayette Evangelical Covenant Church Bethany Presbyterian Church Woodland Elementary Lafayette First Church of the Nazarene Otterbein Parent Teacher Organization Delphi United Methodist Church Bringhurst United Methodist Church   Cass Logansport Buddy Bag Food 4 Kids Shiloh Evangelical Lutheran Church Rossville United Methodist Church Attica School Corporation Benson Chapel Hillsboro Nazarene Church Faith Outreach Center Rochester Middle School Caston High School First Christian Church Parr Baptist Church American Reformed Church First Reformed Church Grace Fellowship Church Rensselaer Area Ministerial Association First Reformed Church Macy Food Pantry Weekend Meal Deal   Sugar Creek United Methodist Churches Rock Point Church St. Bernard Catholic Church All for Kids Inc. Montgomery County Youth Services Bureau Brook United Methodist Community Christian Reformed Morocco Helping Hands, Morocco United Methodist Church St. Augusta Church Winamac Nazarene Church Moose Lodge 2513 West Street Christian Church Tipton Trinity Wesleyan Church Pine Village Student Council Warren Central Elementary Girl Scout Troop #50047 Federated Church of Brookston Tri-County High School Lewis Cass Buddy Bags, Inc.