The program has been established in several locations across the country, including in Champaign-Urbana. Through this program, food banks partner with local schools to identify children at-risk for hunger. Volunteers fill donated backpacks with child-friendly, easy-to-prepare foods that are discretely distributed to children on Friday afternoon.
"The BackPack Program in Champaign-Urbana was piloted by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank during the 2006 school year and currently serves about 200 students," Gundersen said. "Barbara, Brenda, and I are excited about providing insights to Feeding America and the Eastern Illinois Food Bank about this program."
|Contact: LeAnn Ormsby|
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign