How it Works

Backpack for Hunger is a confidential, discreet program. B4H works in conjunction with the guidance counselors, teachers and nurses in the Fox Chapel Area School District. These school representatives identify the number of food bags that are needed every week in each school. We never know the names of the students that are receiving the bags. The food bags are quietly distributed, often directly into the student’s backpacks in their lockers. The food is double-bagged and tied so that no one knows that a child might be taking home food. The bags are plain, green and compostable so that we are not adding plastic to the landfills.

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Peek into a Pack

Backpack for Hunger food bags contain 15 healthy, non-perishable food items that are easy to open and prepare for children of all ages. We never give expired food! Food items include soup, ravioli, mac and cheese, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars, fruit cups, applesauce pouches, ramen noodles, cheese crackers, protein bars, fruit chews, Nutella, pudding, etc.

3-Breakfast Items

3-Lunch Items

2-Fruits & Vegetables

3-Add’l Protein Sources

4-Snack Items

Food items needed:

Single-serve cereal, oatmeal

Belvita breakfast crackers

Cans of soup, ravioli, spaghetti

Single-serve or full boxes of mac & cheese

Single-serve fruit cups

Protein bars

Cheese & peanut butter crackers

Ramen Noodles

Our 9 Steps to Help Hungry Kids

1. Take Inventory
2. Double Bags
3. Unwrap Goods

4. Break Down Boxes
5. Fill Bags
6. Count and Box Bags

7. Pull 15 Foods to Pack
8. Replenish Food
9. Transport Food

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