To address the needs of Long Island children living in poverty, Island Harvest Food Bank implemented the Kids Weekend Backpack Feeding Program in 2006, to provide shelf-stable food packs to children identified as at-risk of hunger. Each Friday afternoon, students receive our special food packs, free of charge, to take home during the weekend. The packs contain snacks, meals, and shelf-stable milk and juice. They also contain newsletters with games and puzzles to encourage healthy eating and essential information for parents regarding local food resources. Students in the program receive extra packs over holiday weekends.

For further information on this program, please call our Agency Relations team at 631-873-4775 or email us at