BackPack Program

Child holding up his lunch outside and eating

Our BackPack Program ensures that children who rely on school meals do not go hungry over the weekend so they can return to school on Monday ready to learn.

BackPack units are filled with non-perishable ingredients that provide at least three nutritious meals. Food for this program is purchased so that the items are nutritionally balanced and kid-friendly.

BackPacks may include:

  • Breakfast items like cereal, oatmeal, or granola bars
  • Easy to prepare meals like mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, or canned soup
  • Shelf-stable milk or juice
  • Fruit cups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Snacks

Summer BackPack Program

Summer can be challenging for children without access to free or reduced lunches. That is why Feeding South Dakota has partnered with participating schools to keep some BackPack programs running to feed children over the summer weekends.

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How You Can Help


It costs $6 to fill a BackPack each week with nutritional kid-friendly food.

Give Now

Partner with us to provide this valuable program in your school district.

Contact Us

We rely on regular volunteers to pack food that is distributed each week.

Find An Opportunity

To find out if your school offers a backpack program contact the school's counselor.