How It Works

Weekend Backpack ProgramEach week on Friday, The Children's Hunger Project helps as many elementary school children as possible to carry food home for the weekend in their backpack.

Food items include ravioli or spaghetti and meatballs, milk, juice boxes, breakfast bar, cereal and other food items.

This kid-friendly food is lightweight and easy for kids to handle - no cooking is required. Even if the power is out the kids can still pull the top of the can and eat Beanie Weenies.

On Monday, the kids return to school but with a better and healthier foundation for learning.

Our goal is to ensure that elementary school children, at least on weekends, will have basic nutrition.

In the above photo, Riviera Elementary Principal Linda Piccolella goes over a delivery of food from the Children's Hunger Project with Sam Jordan, center, and Robert "Bob" Barnes, founder of the nonprofit. Children receiving free and reduced-price lunches will receive food to take home on the weekends throughout the school year.

Photo courtesy of Britt Kennerly, FLORIDA TODAY


 Pearl Bailey

Hungry people cannot be good at learning or producing anything, except perhaps violence ~ Pearl Bailey


















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