Backpack Buddies is a nationwide program that aims to end childhood hunger one backpack at a time.
2018-19 Dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 11/14, 11/20 (Tuesday), 12/5, 12/19, 1/2, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/11 (Monday), 3/27, 4/10, 4/17, 5/1, 5/22, 6/5, 6/19
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More about Backpack Buddies
Good nutrition is essential to a growing child's physical and mental health. Hungry children have difficulty concentrating in school and fighting common illnesses. Food-insecure children develop a "fear of hunger" that impacts their behavior as much as physical hunger affects their bodies.
Backpack Buddies is a nationwide program, endorsed by the Union for Reform Judaism, that aims to end childhood hunger one backpack at a time. Each Friday, Shaaray Tefila provides backpacks filled with six meals and nutritious snacks for children age 5-11 at Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center. Fun Fact: The man for whom the center is named served as Manhattan borough president (1938-1942) and his grandfather, Samuel M. Isaacs, was the first Rabbi of our congregation.
What's in a Backpack
- 4 containers of milk
- 2 boxes of non-sugar cereal
- 2 lunch proteins
- 2 dinner proteins
- 2 packets of vegetables
- 2 packets of fruit
- 2 snacks
- other assorted items
How Do I Fill a Backpack?
You can join us on Wednesdays to help pack in person or, you can make a donation to help support this program.
- $18 feeds 1 child for 1 weekend
- $36 feeds 1 child for 2 weekends
- $72 feeds 1 child for 4 weekends
- $800 sponsors 1 child for 1 year
MAKE A GIFT TO FILL A BACKPACK »
PLEASE NOTE: Direct your gift to this program by selecting Backpack Buddies from the "How would you like to allocate your gift?" dropdown menu in the form linked above.