The San Antonio Food Bank currently partners with dozens of schools to provide food for children at-risk of going hungry over a weekend or holiday. The schools chosen were those that demonstrated a need, according to their respective rates of free/reduced lunch program participation, and located in neighborhoods with limited access to charitable services such as food pantries or soup kitchens. The San Antonio Food Bank also partners with Communities In Schools to see to it that even more needy children are served.
San Antonio Food Bank BackPack schools distribute food packs to children who are identified by caring teachers and staff members as showing signs that he or she is living in a high-risk situation. These students are referred to school counselors, who then see to it that the child is discreetly given a food pack to take home. In addition to providing food packs for the needy child and his or her siblings, school counselors are able to refer these families to the San Antonio Food Bank for additional assistance with Food Stamp Outreach, senior citizen nutrition programs, and food pantry referrals.
Parents: The Food Bank does not provide SCHOOL SUPPLIES, uniforms, or actual backpacks. If you need these items, please call the United Way 211 Helpline for a list of providers. The San Antonio Food Bank BackPack Program is a school-based emergency food assistance partnership.
BackPack Program Objectives
Teachers & School Staff: To apply to become a San Antonio Food Bank BackPack Program Partner, please send a letter on school letterhead explaining the need and reporting your most recent PEIMS free/reduced meal data for your students. Schools with 70% or greater free/reduced meal participation will be added to the BackPack Program waiting list until a sponsor is found to underwrite your school.
San Antonio Food Bank BackPack Program Wish List