Our Mission:

The mission of Weekend Backpacks is to provide food to vulnerable, food-insecure Baltimore City youth to facilitate academic success and improve their lives both physically and emotionally.

The Need:

Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off.

Imagine being 6 years old, achingly hungry, and knowing your next substantial meal may not come for days. Your days start and end with the pangs of food insecurity.

There are more than 3,000 homeless children in Baltimore City Schools. While they get breakfast and lunch when school is in session, Baltimore City has no state or federally funded weekend food programs for schoolchildren. Studies show that hungry children incur delays in their physical, intellectual and emotional development.

This is where we come in.

Weekend Backpacks by the Numbers:*

Each weekend backpack contains meals for kids and their families. Over the last school year, we filled these backpacks with an abundant quantity of highly nutritious food. In the past year we have provided:

22,000
Bags of Cereal

72,000
Apples

22,000
Quarts of Milk

6,000
Loaves of Bread

574,662
Individual Items

*Numbers as of May 1, 2020. All numbers continue to increase substantially as the need continues to increase.