Malcom Huckabee Backpack Program

Backpacks Last packingThe Malcom Huckabee Backpacks Program strives to provide weekend meals to grade school children at Woodberry Elementary in Danville, VA. This school had a high rate of children that were being provided free and reduced lunches. Through surveys of this program we have seen reduced discipline problems in school, less nurse’s visits, tardy/absences, etc.

Food is packed during the week and distributed on Friday’s with sometimes several deliveries if there is a school break. Many community churches and organizations are involved in one way or another and the program currently relies solely on grants, donations, and raised funds.

Donations for the backpacks program is always needed. Below is a list of the food given to the children each week, as well as where we purchase the items. As you can see, we aim to give nutritious food that will be satisfying and enjoyable for a child’s palate.

Sam’s Club:

-Kar’s Sweet N’ Salty Mix, individual packs

-Instant Oatmeal Packets

-Chewy Granola Bars

-Apple and Eve Juice Boxes, 6.75oz

-Kellogg’s Cereal Small Boxes, 1.2oz

-Milk that does NOT require refrigeration, 8oz boxes of white or chocolate milk

-Bumble Bee Chicken Salad and Tuna Salad, 3.5oz

-Austin Animal Zoo Crackers, 1oz bags

-Del Monte Fruit Cup, 4oz cups

-Whitehouse Applesauce, 4oz cups

-Water Bottles, 8oz

-Kraft/ Easy Mac, individual packs

-Snyder’s of Hanover mini pretzels, 1.5oz bags

-Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers, 1.5oz bags

-Nabs Toasty Peanut Butter Crackers

-Daily Chef Fruit Snacks, individual packs

-Skinny Pop Popcorn, individual bags

-Sunmaid Yogurt Raisins, dark chocolate or vanilla, individual boxes

Walmart:

-JIF Peanut Butter Cups to Go, 12oz

-Chef Boyardee Chicken with rice and vegetables, 7oz pop tops

-Chef Boyardee Spaghetti with Meatballs, 7oz pop tops

-Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli, 7oz with pop tops

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Non-Profit food pantry serving Danville and Pittsylvania Counties in Southwest Virginia