The Backpack Program
Kids Aids’ primary program is the Feeding Friends Backpack Program. Many children go hungry on the weekend because mom and dad are at work, are absent due to their own addictions, or simply don’t have enough money. So, the last meal these children have is Friday’s school lunch, and they don’t eat again until lunch on Monday. The Feeding Friends Backpack Program attempts to bridge that gap by sending these children home with bags full of non-perishable foods. The food is kid friendly— it can either be easily prepared by a child or eaten right from the package. Nutrition is always a consideration, as is providing a variety of foods each week. Currently, we serve approximately 2,200 children in our district every week.
We have a collaborative program with the District 51 Lunch Lizard mobile food trucks to make sure kids still have full bellies even when they’re on summer break. Free meals for all kids 18 and under are available at these Lunch Lizard trucks, which run specified routes and times.
How Do I Sign Up?
To sign a child up for this program, simply contact the child’s school and ask for the Backpack Coordinator or talk to the child’s teacher. That’s it!
What Food is Typically Sent Home?
A typical bag will contain the following:
- 1 fruit cup
- Instant oatmeal
- 1 pudding cup
- 1 can of beef ravioli
- 1 can of chili with beans
- 1 cereal bar
- 1 granola bar
- 1 package of macaroni & cheese
- 1 package of Ramen Noodle Soup
- Package of cookies
- Package of crackers
- Fresh apple or orange (pending availability)
*Children must pick up the food. No food bags will be distributed to adults.
**Only one bag per child per week.
How is the Food Distributed?
Volunteers deliver bags to Mesa County District 51 schools by Friday morning or the last day of school for the week. The bags are discreetly given to the students to take home for the weekend.
When is the Food Distributed?
See our 2018/2019 Calendar below. Click here to view full-size PDF and print a copy.
What Children Qualify for the bags of food?
There are no financial or other qualifications, other than a child and parent filling out a simple form requesting a bag of food.
How is Kids Aid Supported?
Kids Aid is supported by tax deductible contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations.