Launched in 2005, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin’s BackPack Program is designed for small town/rural communities. The BackPack Program serves at least 925 children per month through the school districts located in the southwestern Wisconsin communities of Evansville, Sun Prairie and Tomah.
Filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods, backpacks provide nourishment on long weekends and other out-of-school times for children considered at risk of hunger. In conjunction with a school district and a community agency that obtains food from Second Harvest Foodbank, backpacks are filled with food and discretely hung in children's lockers. Children take the backpacks home on the last school day before the break, and on the next school day, they return the empty backpacks.
Learn more about the BackPack Program by watching this BackPack Program video from Feeding America.
These agency partnerships make Second Harvest Foodbank’s BackPack Program possible:
- Evansville: AWARE (Community Action, Inc. program in Rock and Walworth counties)
- Sun Prairie: Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry