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What we provide:

Backpack programs exist in schools across the country, serving children who are identified as "food-insecure" by a teacher, counselor, or parent. We rely on volunteers to pack bags of food that contain child-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks. Then we deliver them each week to schools and other sites for distribution on Friday afternoons.

At the high school level, students will typically choose items from a pantry at the school. Some food is secured through the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and some of it is donated by local organizations, churches, groups, and individuals.

Teal Bag Initiative

Fill a Teal Bag!

Most Needed items

  • Any variety of 15 oz canned pasta with sauce

 e.g. - Chef Boyardee 

  • Any variety of granola bars

  • Fruit Snacks

  • Rice Krispie Treats

  • Any variety of Individual Nut/ Trail mix bags

  • Cheese or Peanut Butter Crackers

  • Slim Jims

  • Individual Mac & Cheese cups

  • Fruit cups

Next Collection Week - June 10 - June 14

Monday: Calvary Baptist Church 

20957 Timberlake Road 11:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday: Waymaker Church

1650 Hooper Road, Forest 11:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday: Mission Thrift

 18366 Forest Road, Forest 11:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday: Gladiola Girls

4925 Boonsboro Road 11:00am - 5:00pm

Friday: Appalachian Orthodontics

 3700 Old Forest Road 11:00am - 5:00pm


Save the dates for future collection weeks

September 9 - September 13
December 2 - December 6


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to purchase all the food on the list?

A: No. Pick and choose what you want to buy—all of one item or a variety.

Q: Is this the only food that children receive?

A: No. Items received are combined with other donated and purchased food to create well-rounded weekend menus. Our staff and volunteers distribute weekend food to over 1,000 school-aged children at over 35 locations.

Q: Can I donate something that is expired? 

A: No, unfortunately, dates matter. We strive to provide the best quality food to the children, and expired items may not meet our standards.

Q: Can I donate food that is not in a teal bag?

A: Absolutely. 

Q: What if I can't make it to the drop-off locations during collection week?

A: Please email to make other arrangements.


Office Hours:

Tuesday-Friday, 8 am-5pm

Saturday 8am-2pm

Phone Number: 

(434) 845-8468 ext. 500


We are located on the lower level of the Plaza at

2323 Memorial Avenue

Suite 27

Lynchburg, VA 24501


Volunteer With Us! 

We rely on volunteers to fulfill our mission. Be a part of providing help, healing, and hope to your community. 

Volunteers are needed to pack bags, deliver, unload food, or do basic tasks around the warehouse.

 Whatever your gifts, skills, and passions, we're happy to help you put them to good use. Come visit us to see everyone in action!


Provide Help, Healing, & Hope and Donate Today

93.5 cents of every dollar goes directly in to our programs.  Help us strengthen our community and bring support to our local neighbors. 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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