Food for thought

Junior League's Weekend Backpack Project

1600+ hours given on Saturday mornings, before work and weeknights.

10,000+ BackPacks assembled by 43 dedicated committee members for weekly distribution.

450+ food insecure elementary students fed for the weekends & holidays when they would otherwise go hungry.


Why we do it:

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank BackPack Program is an outreach donor-funded program designed to help fill the void for low-income children who are at risk of missing meals over the weekend or during holidays when they are not in school and, as a result, not receiving free or reduced price lunches through the National School Lunch Program.

How it works:

BackPacks are filled with 10-12 nutritious food items and then distributed to at-risk children enrolled in the program in select elementary schools. The backpacks are discreetly sent home with children as young as pre-K and as old as fifth grade on Friday and returned empty on Monday morning. While the program does receive some funding from individuals, the program is in large part made possible through grants and corporate donations. To learn more, conctact Charlene Guarisco Montelaro at (225) 359-9940 ext. 203.