Our Partners
Many thanks to the organizations and individuals
that partner with us on this project:
St. Augustine
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Items We Need
Our program is meant to supplement meal programs and family food pantry contributions with breakfast and snack items just for the kids. Here are the items we are providing to schools to be distributed as needed:
  • Breakfast Bars/Granola Bars
  • Peanut Butter/Cheese-Filled Crackers
  • Raisins
  • Fruit Cups
  • Apple Sauce
  • Jiff-to-go & Pretzels
  • Single Serving Microwavable Meals
  • Wheat- and Peanut-Free Items
It is important that all items are new, in their own packaging and not expired. 
 
Bring your donations to:
 
St. Augustine's Church
Saturday - Thursday from 10am-1pm
 
Thank you to everyone who has taken time to support this important nutritional program in our community!
 
What We Do
Baldwinsville Rotary member Ann Smiley started the Backpack Program many years ago with the intention of serving children at risk of hunger on the weekends. We started packing bags with snacks and breakfast items that social workers discretely slip in backpacks each Friday. The items are specifically individual serving size, and do not require any cooking or mixing so they are easy for the kids to use. 
 
The number of children served has varied over the years. It depends on how successful the schools can be in getting parents to sign a consent form, which can be very challenging considering all that struggling families have to deal with on a daily basis. Our club is happy to serve however many students can provide permissions. Our food supply is also used to supplement the in-school pantries available at Ray and Baker.
 
Update during coronavirus...
In the spring of 2020, when schools were closed due to coronavirus, we locked arms with the school district to provide our weekly breakfast and snack items as part of their meal pick up each Friday. This had us jump from 30 bags per week, to 250. Then, after the school opened up their meal program to all families in need, we continued to match their delivery numbers, which peaked at over 600 per week before the school year ended mid-June. 
 
When schools resumed in the fall, it was a bit challenging figuring out the best way to serve children in need. Thanks to collaborating between our project chair Mary and the social workers in the schools, we have worked out a new system. We deliver weekly bins to the participating schools and social workers distribute the food items as needed. They could be for students in need during the day and for take home for those in need after hours. With the alternating schedules, and kids going back and forth between virtual and in-person, this is the ideal way to ensure they have access to supplemental food items during the week.
 
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project during our time of need!