Backpack Program


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

  • One in FOUR children are at risk for hunger in Northeast Arkansas
  • 22,960 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.
  • $170 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 Abby Thomas at 870-932-3663 or email her at


Backpack Programs by County:


Buffalo Island Central

  • BIC High School

Jonesboro School District

  • Annie Camp Jr. High School
  • International Studies
  • Jonesboro Kindergarten Center
  • Math & Science

Nettleton School District

  • Fox Meadow Elementary School
  • Fox Meadow School of Creative Media
  • Nettleton STEAM
  • Nettleton Jr. High School
  • Nettleton Sr. High School
  • University Heights Elementary School
  • University Heights School of Medical Arts


    Wynne School District

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


        Marmaduke School District

        • Marmaduke Elementary School
        • Marked Tree Jr. & Sr. High School


            Newport School District

            • Newport Elementary School


              Lawrence County School District

              • Walnut Ridge Elementary School
              • Walnut Ridge Middle School
              • Walnut Ridge High School


              Buffalo Island Central

              • BIC Elementary School

                    Manila School District

                    • Justin Veach Elementary School

                        Osceola School District

                        • Carroll Smith Elementary School
                        • North Elementary School


                        Marked Tree School District

                        • Marked Tree Elementary School


                                  Maynard School District

                                  • Maynard Elementary School
                                  • Maynard High School

                                    St. Francis

                                        Forrest City School District

                                        • Central Elementary School
                                        • Forrest City Jr. High School
                                        • Stewart Elementary School


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