Fighting Hunger. Sustaining Hope.

Backpack Food Assistance Program

St. Joe’s Backpack Food Assistance program supplies food to over 700 students in six school districts in the Fox Valley area (over 25 schools). Students are identified by school counselors or principals who recognize that these children may not have a good nutritional support system at home.

The premise of the program is to be sure that children in need have food to sustain themselves throughout the weekend. The program runs throughout the school year.

Backpack Donations

Donations towards our Backpack Food Assistance program are greatly appreciated! Below is a list of food items typically given out to the students:

  • 100% Juice Drinks
  • Applesauce Cups
  • Cheese Crackers
  • Chex Mix
  • Fruit and Nut Bars
  • Fruit Cups/Cans
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Mini Cereal
  • Oat Bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Raisins


Click on the graphic above to print off the list of preferred donations.

Donate Today

Consider these gifts: Your time, money, and food.

Receive Assistance

Register for an interview to receive food free-of-charge.


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