Weekend Power Pack

Weekend Power Pack LogoThe Weekend Power Pack Program meets the nutritional needs of children at risk of hunger during weekends. Through the program, kids are given special backpacks filled with nutritious foods. A typical pack will contain: proteins (tuna, beef stew, or peanut butter), vegetables (canned spinach, carrots or green beans), fruits (canned or fresh) and miscellaneous items (fruit juice, multigrain bars, cereal, or pudding cups.)

The backpacks are assembled by volunteers and delivered to a school partner each week. Normally, the packs are distributed on Thursday or Friday, with kids returning them on Wednesday of the following week.

The Food Bank's Weekend Power Pack Program was initiated in October 2005 providing packs for 30 children from one school. As of 2010, the program supports 31 sites providing 141,550 backpacks and logging 13,586 hours of volunteer support.

Teachers and schools have reported improvements in test scores, positive behavioral gains, decrease in number of unexcused absences and an increased recognition of potential career paths.

Donate to the Weekend Power Pack (BackPack) Program!

Kid-friendly food items can be donated at any of our six branch locations.
View our list of Most Needed Weekend Power Pack (BackPack) Program items.



NEW! School Pantry Pilot Program
In an effort to reach more children and families who are struggling to put food on the table, the Food Bank partnered with its first school pantry at an elementary school in Apex, NC. We are proud to report this pilot school pantry partner is going strong, and the Food Bank has now partnered with two additional schools in Durham and one school in Raleigh. These partnerships that developed in 2013 helped the Food Bank build a model that we hope to replicate throughout our service area in the near future.

To that end, the Food Bank reached out to the community for help establishing the program, and Biogen Idec answered the call, committing $100,000 over the next two years to cement and further grow the School Pantry programs
School Pantry
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For more information about the Weekend Power Pack (BackPack) Program or the School Pantry Pilot Program, please contact the Outreach, Evaluations and Programs Manager at 919-865-3037 or via email.

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Bayer LogoRecognizing the important role that Bayer plays in America’s food production and their desire to be proactive in supporting the next generation of leaders whose families might need additional support in meeting their nutritional needs, Bayer USA Foundation awards an annual donation, which allows the Food Bank to purchase the food, as well as the backpacks and administer the program. Bayer USA Foundation has provided generous financial support for the program since 2006.