The Friday Backpack Program is a statewide
program in which food banks provide children with ready-to-eat
food in backpacks on Fridays. University of Missouri Extension
supplements this program by providing educational materials
to the organizations that assemble the backpacks. Every month
we mail four items to these organizations so that one item per
week can be added to the backpacks (see sidebar for list of
items). This project is funded through USDA's SNAP Ed.
Each region of the state has a slightly different name
and way of implementing the program. Therefore, you will have
to contact your local food pantry to discuss the process. Other
regions may refer to this program as: "Backsnack" "Backpacks
for Friday" "Buddy Packs" and "Backpack Buddies"
With our Friday Backpack materials, we currently reach...
- over 19,100 students
- 372 different organizations
- 92 counties out of 114 in Missouri
To be added to mailing list
Contact Sarah March
You will need to provide:
- Agency name and address (must be
located in Missouri)
- Contact person's name, phone number and
part by USDA SNAP.
Running out of money for food? Contact your local food stamp
office or go online to
For more information, call MU Extension's Show Me Nutrition
line at 1-888-515-0016.