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 School District
    • Augusta Elementary School
  • Buffalo Island School District
    • BIC East Elementary
    • BIC West Elementary
  • Forrest City School District
    • Central Elementary
    • Stewart Elem
    • Forrest City Junior High
  • Hillcrest School District
    • Hillcrest Elementary
    • Hillcrest Jr High School
    • Hillcrest High School
  • Jackson County School District
    • Tuckerman Elementary
    • Swifton Middle School
    • Tuckerman High School
  • Jonesboro Public Schools
    • Jonesboro Kindergarten Center
    • Math & Science Magnet School
    • Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School
    • Health, Wellness, & Environmental Sciences Magnet School
    • International Studies Magnet School
    • Success Achievement Academy
  • Manila School District
    • Justin Veach Elementary
  • Lawrence County School District
    • Walnut Ridge Elementary School
    • Walnut Ridge High School
  • Marked Tree School District
    • Marked Tree Elementary
    • Marked Tree Middle School
    • Marked Tree High School
  • Marmaduke School District
    • Marmaduke Elementary School
  • Maynard School District
    • Maynard Elementary School
  • Nettleton School District
    • Fox Meadow Elementary School
    • University Heights Elementary School
    • Fox Meadow Intermediate School
    • University Heights Elementary School
    • Nettleton Middle School
    • Nettleton Junior High
    • Nettleton High School
  • Newport School District
    • Newport Elementary School
  • Osceola School District
    • North Elementary School
    • Carroll Smith Elementary School
  • Riverside School District
    • Riverside East Elementary
  • 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