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What is a Back Pack Program?

This program is geared toward providing children with nutritious food on the weekends when school is not in session. The Yuma Community Food Bank is working in conjunction with schools to provide backpacks for 35,000 backpacks annually!

191_Backpack-BuddiesSchools Participating

  • Desert Sonora Elementary
  • Orange Grove Elementary
  • Tierra Del Sol Elementary
  • Valle Del Encanto
  • Somerton Middle School
  • Dateland Elementary
  • Mohawk Elementary
  • Fourth Avenue Jr. High
  • Carver Elementary
  • Roosevelt Elementary
  • Pecan Grove Elementary
  • Gary Knox Elementary
  • Desert Mesa
  • Otondo Elementary
  • Rolle Elementary
  • Ron Watson Jr. High
  • Cocopah Head Start
  • Various Preschools through the First Things First program

184_FAGirlThe program is implemented as follows...

  1. The Yuma Community Food Bank drops off backpacks with nutritional foods and snacks weekly or bi-weekly, so that students can partake during the weekend.

  2. Students return Backpacks early the following week so that each backpack can be refilled and ready for the next distribution.

This program is partially funded by the United Way of Yuma,  Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma, Albertson's Foundation, Walmart and Bank of America.


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