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Backpack Pals

Because hungry children can not learn.

Back Pack Pals (BPP) is a very popular program in Randolph county. To meet local need, Communities in Schools of Randolph County partners with multiple local individuals, civic groups, churches, businesses and the Randolph County United Way to provide bags of food on the weekend throughout the school year for students and/or families in need. Volunteers shop for pack and deliver bags to local schools which are then distributed to children in need of food for the weekend days. Our summer BPP program is now providing weekend food to 172 students via direct delivery.

Since school started in August of 2023, we have given out over 7000 BPP bags.

Each bag cost $5.50 totaling $38,813.50 for the first half of the school year.

How you can help?

Sponsor a Child:

$5.50 will feed a child for 1 week

$22 will feed a child for 1 month

$220 will feed a child for 1 year

Hold a food drive:

Below is the list of food types and examples we put into our bags. Remember all items are individual sized.

Each bag contains 11 items:

  • 2 protein items

    • (Vienna Sausage, Mac & Cheese, Chef Boyardee cups or cans, tuna pouches, Beanee Weenies)

  • 2 drink pouches or boxes

  • 2 breakfast items

    • (Poptarts, granola or cereal bars, single serve cereal boxes, instant oatmeal, grits)

  • 1 fruit or vegetable cup

  • 1 applesauce cup

  • 1 Ramen noodles

  • 2 snacks

    • (Lance crackers, raisins, Rice Krispie treats, pudding or jello cups, single serve snack crackers or cookies)

We try to pack one sweet and one savory snack as well as 2 different protein and breakfast items. The food is packed in regular plastic grocery bags.

To get more information about how to volunteer and/or otherwise support this program, see links to our BPP brochure and give us a call!

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