John W. Tolbert proudly joins Loudoun County in the Backpack Buddies Program
Did you know that in Loudoun County alone, there are approximately 11,330 children that are food insecure? Food insecure is "the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food." Last school year, 1 in 6 Loudoun County school children qualified for free or reduced-price school lunches. What happens to these children when they go home for the weekend?
Backpack Buddies (BPB) is a program model created by Feeding America to provide food for the weekend to elementary school children who are in need. Tolbert is currently providing food to 30 students at our school. Each week we provide a bag filled with 6 meals and 2 snacks plus juice and shelf milk for the child to take home for the weekend.
HELP FILL A BACKPACK!!
Here are some ways you can help support this program:
By making a food contribution (drop-off box located in the lobby at school)
By donating a grocery store gift card
By making a financial contribution (checks made payable to Tolbert Elementary with “Backpack Buddies” in the memo)
Backpack Buddies Preferred Items
Cups of ravioli, beefaroni or spaghetti
Canned tuna or chicken
Cheese/peanut butter crackers
Easy macaroni and cheese
Cereal (individual sized boxes)
Granola or cereal bars
Raisins, nuts, trail mix
Fruit cups, pudding, applesauce
Shelf milk (white or chocolate)
100% Juice boxes
By donating any of our option items you are supporting the Backpack Buddies program and helping to feed the hungry children in our community. For more information, please contact the Backpack Buddies Team at firstname.lastname@example.org