Backpack Program


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The Backpack Program serves one of our most vulnerable and precious populations—children.

  • 27% of members of households using an agency of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas are children under the age of 18
  • One in FOUR children are at risk for hunger in Arkansas
  • 25,640 CHILDREN face food insecurity in the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas’s 12-county service area.

How the Backpack Program works:

  • The Backpack Program provides food for hungry children on the weekends when other resources are not available. Each week of the school year, the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas distributes over 1,100 packs of child-friendly, non-perishable food for kids to eat over the weekend when school breakfast and lunch is not available.
  • $150 provides a Backpack of food for a child for an entire school year. This program is funded by generous community sponsors in addition to grants from foundations and the United Way of Northeast Arkansas.

If you would like more information about the Backpack program, please call Jennifer Hannah at 870-932-3663 or email her at


The Food Bank is currently serving children enrolled in the following school districts:

Buffalo Island School District

  • BIC East Elementary
  • BIC West Elementary

Forrest City School District

  • Central Elementary
  • Stewart Elem
  • Forrest City Junior High

Jackson County School District

  • Tuckerman Elementary
  • Swifton Middle School
  • Tuckerman High School

Jonesboro Public Schools

  • Jonesboro Kindergarten Center
  • Math & Science Magnet School
  • Health, Wellness, & Environmental Sciences Magnet School
  • International Studies Magnet School

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
  • Fox Meadow School of Creative Media School
  • University Heights Elementary School
  • University Heights School of Medical Arts
  • Nettleton STEAM Middle School
  • Nettleton Junior High
  • Nettleton High School

Newport School District

  • Newport Elementary School

Osceola School District

  • North Elementary School
  • Carroll Smith Elementary School
  • Osceola STEM Academy

Wynne Public Schools

  • Wynne Primary School
  • Wynne Intermediate School
  • Wynne Jr High School
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