Backpack Program

The Backpack Program serves one of our most vulnerable and precious populations—children. According to recent statistics, 27% of members of households using an agency of the Food Bank are children under the age of 18.

How the Backpack Program works:

On the last day of the school week, program enrolled children pick up a backpack filled with food for the weekend. The backpacks are filled with easy-to-prepare meals and snacks and are provided to children in a safe and discreet manner. These students take their backpacks home, knowing they will have food for the weekend. Items are included for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack for Saturday and Sunday.

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas will provide backpacks filled with food to more than 1100 children each week during this school year. To request information on how you can be a community partner to help grow and expand the Food Bank’s Backpack Program, please our Outreach Coordinator, Kassie Williams, at 870-932-3663 or email her at

This program is free of charge to both the school and the children. Thanks to the generosity of the United Way of Northeast Arkansas, individual donors and other grant partners, the Food Bank is currently serving children enrolled in the following school districts:

  • Augusta Elementary School
  • Buffalo Island Central School District
    • BIC East Elementary
    • BIC West Elementary
  • Cross County Tech Elementary School
  • Forrest City School District
    • Central Elementary
    • Stewart Elementary
  • Hillcrest School District
  • Jackson County School District
  • Jonesboro Public Schools
    • Jonesboro Kindergartern Center
    • Math & Science Magnet School
    • Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School
    • Health, Wellness & Environmental Studies Magnet School
    • International Studies Magnet School
  • Justin Veach Elementary School
  • Lawrence County School District
  • Marked Tree School District
  • Marmaduke Elementary School
  • Maynard Elementary School
  • Nettleton School District
  • Newport Elementary School
  • Riverside East Elementary
  • Trumann School District
  • Wynne Public Schools
    • Wynne Primary School
    • Wynne Intermediate School
    • Wynne Jr. High School


      Now I’m not hungry on Saturday morning. – 5 year old boy