About Backpack Love
Many families in our community are faced with the frightening uncertainty of not knowing where they will find their next meal. Fueled by a passion to ensure children don’t go hungry over the weekends, our BackPack Love program reaches kids and their families where they are and when they need it most. Our hope is to distribute enough food each weekend to nourish every hungry family. Through volunteer teams and church partners backpacks are filled with enough food to feed a family of five for the weekend and are delivered to partner schools for distribution each week.
Volunteer with Backpack Love
Volunteers are always welcome to fill backpacks. Contact us to be placed on the packing schedule whether you are looking for a one-time event or an ongoing commitment.
What we provide
Backpacks of food
Each Friday throughout the school year, we provide. backpack full of food that feeds a food insecure family of five. Inside each bag are three dinners, two breakfasts, two lunches and snacks. Our food pantry is open all year to our community by appointment only.
Many of our families that receive our backpacks are unable to provide a birthday for their children. Our organization steps in the gap and provides a sheet cake, plates, cups, forks, candles, juice, Bible and an age and gender specific gift.
COMING SOON: Summer Camp
Straight Street recognizes that during the summer months the community needs daytime programs that offer a safe and nurturing environment for school age children to attend. Research confirms children not engaged in learning activities over the summer months will experience some loss of learning. This learning gap increases for disengaged youth from a low economic background. An effective summer program will aid in the growth and development of a young person and can enhance their educational pursuits. Starting Summer 2019, Straight Street will be providing a free summer camp for the children that receive our backpacks.
Partner with Backpack Love
Sponsor a School
Churches partner with us to assemble backpacks and distribute them to partner schools each week. Sponsors collect the necessary food and coordinate volunteers to pack and deliver backpacks weekly. We welcome the opportunity to structure a partnership that works for your group.
Donate to Backpack Love
Host a food drive or bring items on our needs list to our warehouse at your convenience. Our food donation focus continually changes. Contact our office for information on how you can help fill our greatest need.
Give to Purchase
All financial gifts help us purchase food and backpacks. You can sponsor a family for $30 a month and provide them with a backpack every weekend during the school year. For$150 you can feed a child for a semester or $300 purchases a pallet of food.
If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please provide your information and a staff member will be in contact.