How Backpack Buddies Works

Who gets the food?

Backpack Buddies of Hilton Head provides food to qualifying students at Hilton Head Island public schools free of charge. Visit our PARTNERS page. Food is distributed by school staff and faculty each week during the school year.

How Does It Work?

Food is ordered in bulk from a commercial food broker during the academic school year. The non-perishable food items are stored at several local church sites until “packing day.” Our volunteer churches provide the labor for assembling the student “packs” and then deliver those packs to the local schools. Visit our VOLUNTEERS page.

Delivery takes place twice monthly to the schools. In the Elementary schools, social workers make the decision on student eligibility and place the carefully wrapped food supplies and two pieces of fresh fruit into the student backpacks each Friday. In the Middle and High school, students are identified by hunger symptoms, usually by the school nurse, and offered the free snack while at school. The teenagers typically eat the entire snack bag right then but may also take it with them.

What’s Inside an Elementary Backpack?

  • 2 proteins
  • 2 packages of fruit
  • 2 cereals
  • 2 granola bars
  • 1 pudding
  • 2 pieces of fresh fruit

What is in a Middle/High School pack?

  • 1 protein
  • 1 pack of cheese crackers
  • 1 packaged fruit
  • 1 cereal
  • 1 pudding
  • 2 granola bars

What is in a Neighborhood Outreach Connection’s after school / summer program food pack?

  • 7 pieces of fresh, seasonal vegetables / fruit

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