Start a BackPack Program

Montana Food Bank BackPack Program

Learn how to start a BackPack Program locally

Thank you for your interest in starting a BackPack Program in your school! BackPack is school-based program that distributes food to chronically hungry students on weekends and holidays.

The BackPack Program is possible through a cooperative effort between school staff, local emergency food providers, and Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN). MFBN purchases truckload quantities of pre-packed BackPack bags, each containing a 2-day supply of shelf stable, kid-friendly, nutritious food for their weekend.  The School Programs team works closely with on-site Coordinators to ensure the food is stored and distributed safely, provide program support, and confirm that required documentation is completed.

When considering a new BackPack Program site, MFBN staff meets with prospective partners to provide a resource to answer questions about the program’s purpose, securing a
location in the school, and to address any concerns the school staff may have.

BackPack bags are distributed once each week at participating schools. Typically, schools that have at least 50% of students enrolled in Free & Reduced Price School Meals are good candidates for the BackPack Program.

If you think that your school could benefit from the BackPack Program please contact Stephanie Stratton, Chief Programs Officer at or by phone at 406-215-1772

Resource Materials:  BackPack BrochureBackPack Brochure for SponsorsSchool Checklist, Defining Chronically Hungry Children

BackPack Program Video: The Basics
How to start a BackPack Program in Montana.