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 2,800 children weekly in 73 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 73 sites in 16 counties.
  • The BackPack Program is currently serving more than 2,800 children.
  • Over 101,000 backpacks were distributed in the 2017 – 2018 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.