About the Weekend Backpack Program

Ozarks Food Harvest’s Weekend Backpack Program provides food insecure children with a bag of nutritious weekend meals to take home every Friday of the school year. Each bag contains six healthy kid-friendly meals, beverages and snacks. For one in five children in southwest Missouri the struggle with food insecurity is a daily reality. Weekends can be especially hard when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. Thankfully Ozarks Food Harvest’s Weekend Backpack Program provides meals -and hope - for families.

  • Weekend Backpack Program 2019-20: more than 1,600 backpacks are distributed each Friday of the school year in 59 schools (nearly 60,000 bags are distributed annually)
  • Program starts this fall 
  • Average free and reduced lunch rate among schools served: 71% (serving the schools with the highest needs)

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