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BECOME A BUDDY

Because kids need to eat on weekends, too.

​At Backpack Buddies, we provide valuable weekend meals to children.

 

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Children who rely on free breakfast and lunch at school are often food insecure on weekends.

Backpack Buddies of Metro Atlanta fills the weekend hunger gap.

YOU CAN HELP

OUR MISSION

is to provide weekend meals to food-insecure children in metro Atlanta to enhance their mental and physical health as well as their ability to learn.

Each backpack is filled with nonperishable food,
including a minimum of:

5 Proteins  |  2 Vegetables 

2 Cereals |  2 Fruits

3 Snacks  |  2 Juices

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"Before Backpack Buddies,
my brother ate on Saturday
and I ate on Sunday.
Now, we both get to eat all weekend.

 

Thank You Backpack Buddies!"

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OUR STORY

In 2017, a group of volunteers began gathering each week at an Atlanta synagogue to pack food for hungry children. They partnered with a local elementary school and identified 10 students dependent on the school's free breakfast and lunch program. Every Friday, the group delivered bags filled with non-perishable food to the school guidance counselor, who discreetly sent those 10 children home with enough food in their backpacks to last them through the weekend. Word spread and additional volunteers got involved. Backpack Buddies quickly expanded over the next few years, nourishing dozens more schoolchildren across Atlanta who were food-insecure on weekends.

Backpack Buddies of Metro Atlanta received its 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization in 2022. It is now supported by hundreds of volunteers at 19 churches, synagogues, senior centers, and other community agencies in metro Atlanta packing and delivering food to

27 local elementary schools - providing meals for 785 children every week!

 

As Backpack Buddies continues to grow, so does our need for more donors, volunteers, and organizations to partner with us, whom we affectionately call "Community Buddies."

 

THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF HUNGER

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Get Involved

While we are working hard to get everything in order for the 2022-2023 school year, there are several ways to get involved:

 

DONATE 
funds to support the effort

VOLUNTEER 
receiving, packing, and delivering food

BECOME A COMMUNITY BUDDY

Enlist your organization to help

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