Updated July 2022
The mission of the BackPack Program is to meet the needs of children experiencing hunger by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources and school meals are not available.
The program provides bags filled with nutritious food that is child-friendly, non-perishable and easily prepared at home. BackPack bags are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or school holiday to ensure that children have enough to eat when they are away from school meals. Each BackPack bag contains enough food for one child to enjoy breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday and Sunday as well as shelf stable milk, juice and a treat!
MFBN partners with 131 schools to provide weekend food to approximately 5000 Montana kids each week throughout the school year.
For more information about the BackPack program in your area, contact Stephanie Staley, Chief Programs Office.