Backpack Buddies

Backpack Buddies is a nationwide program that aims to end childhood hunger one backpack at a time. 

Wednesdays @4:00pm

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

Questions about this program? Contact Rabbi Sarah Reines »


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.

Date and Time: 
Repeats every week 1 times. Also includes Wed Oct 03 2018, Wed Oct 17 2018, Wed Nov 14 2018, Tue Nov 20 2018, Wed Dec 05 2018, Wed Dec 19 2018, Wed Jan 02 2019, Wed Jan 16 2019, Wed Jan 30 2019, Wed Feb 13 2019, Wed Feb 27 2019, Mon Mar 11 2019, Wed Mar 27 2019, Wed Apr 10 2019, Wed Apr 17 2019, Wed May 01 2019, Wed May 22 2019, Wed Jun 05 2019, Wed Jun 19 2019.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 4:00pm
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 4:00pm