Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head provides food to qualifying students at Hilton Head Island public schools free of charge. Food is distributed by school staff and faculty each week during the school year.
Backpack Buddies is founded and funded by The Hunger Coalition, which began in 2010 and is a multifaith alliance of community volunteers who work together to address hunger issues in the Lowcountry. Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head / Hunger Coalition has no paid staff members, thus allowing us to maximize return of all donated dollars to those in need.
We focus on programs for children, families, and adults whose economic situation limits their ability to have an adequate supply of healthy food. Our flagship program is Backpack Buddies, providing weekend emergency food to students in local public schools. Our other programs are built around collaboration with other service organizations in our community to address hunger issues (Boys and Girls Club, Volunteers in Medicine, several local soup kitchens). We receive funding from civic organizations, churches and synagogues, foundations, and individual donors. The Hunger Coalition of the Lowcountry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operating under the laws of the state of South Carolina.