Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head was designed to fight weekend hunger and has grown to help children in all public schools on Hilton Head Island. Elementary aged children at partner schools receive nutritious food each Friday during the school year. Children in middle and high school are offered snack packs during the school day whenever needed. Many of the children in our community rely on free or reduced meals they receive at school and food at home can be unreliable. Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head works to fill that gap by providing nutritious, child-friendly food for school children to take home over the weekend and older children to have during the week.
Good nutrition is essential for a growing child’s physical and mental health. Hungry children have difficulty concentrating on schoolwork and fighting common illnesses. Those who are food-insecure develop a “fear of hunger” that impacts their behavior as much as physical hunger affects their bodies.