What is the Backpack 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 19,000 backpacks annually!


Schools Participating

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


The program is implemented as follows...

  1. During the school year, the Yuma Community Food Bank drops off backpacks with nutritional foods and snacks weekly, so that students can have them 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 funded by grants from Feeding America Red Nose Day, NBAZ Charities Albertson's Foundation, Washington Federal, Walmart and private donations.