Over 58% of American schoolchildren receive their primary meal each day through the federal free and reduced lunch program. This raises the obvious question: What do they eat on weekends? BHH Backpacks addresses the critical problem by sending backpacks home with elementary school children each Friday. The backpacks contain six (6) meals, two (2) shelf-stable milks, two (2) juice boxes, and three (3) snacks. BHH Backpacks Program reaches over 1,100 students in 10 elementary schools. These students will receive a backpack for 33 weeks of the academic year. Volunteers from local faith communities have “adopted” these schools and have therefore committed their financial resources as well as the manpower needed to pack the backpacks each week.
Boca Helping Hands purchases the food and then delivers the appropriate amount of each item to the respective school on a weekly basis. The specific items used in the backpacks cost $10 per child/per week. Boca Helping Hands has been raising funds and handling the logistics of this program for the last ten years. A large army of volunteers come to load the pallets with the appropriate food items each week.
For volunteer information please visit our volunteer page.