Backpack Buddies
Backpack Buddies

Kids in our neighborhood are hungry – we can help!

Good nutrition is essential for a growing child’s physical and mental health. Hungry children have difficulty concentrating on schoolwork and fighting common illnesses. Those who are food-insecure develop a “fear of hunger” that impacts their behavior as much as physical hunger affects their bodies. According to City Harvest, in New York City, nearly one in four lives in a home where there is not enough money to put food on the table.

Backpack Buddies is a nationwide program that aims to end childhood hunger one backpack at a time. As many students depend on free breakfasts and lunches from school during the week, Shaaray Tefila partners with neighborhood organizations like the Association to Benefit Children (ABC) and LSA Family Health Service to help sustain children in need over the weekend by providing backpacks filled with nutritious meals and healthy snacks.

Questions about this program? Contact Rabbi Sarah Reines »

What’s in a Backpack?
  • 1 quart of milk
  • 2 organic juices
  • 2 non-sugar cereal
  • 2 lunch proteins
  • 2 dinner proteins
  • 2 vegetables
  • 2 healthy snacks
  • 1 apple
  • Other assorted food items