West Ohio Food Bank

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Backpack Program

Each bag contains 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 snacks, and 2 drinks. The food in each bag is enough for the child to have a 3 meals a day during Saturday and Sunday when they aren't in school and unable to participate in the meals program. Each item is kid-friendly and can be prepared by the child if necessary.

Backpack Program

Backpack Sites & Average Number of Bags provided for the 2013-14 school year:

The Backpack Program provides food to children that are found to be most in need by school personnel and who participate in the school meals program at their school. For many of these children they receive very little if anything at all to consume during the weekend time.

West Ohio Food Bank began to provide this program during the school year of 2006 throughout the 5 elementary schools located within the Lima City School district. Initially the program provided only 150 children with these backpacks of food. Since its' inception, with the partnership of many schools located within the 11 county service area, the program now provides approximately 2,000 bags each week to children who are in need.

Each bag contains 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 snacks, and 2 drinks. The food in each bag is enough for the child to have a 3 meals a day during Saturday and Sunday when they aren't in school and unable to participate in the meals program. Each item is kid-friendly and can be prepared by the child if necessary.

Currently the Backpack Program is provided in the following schools: Allen County- Lima City Schools, Elida, Perry, Bath, Spencerville, Delphos, and Allen East; Auglaize County- Cridersville, Wapakoneta Elementary & Wapakoneta Middle School; Hancock County- Arcadia, Bigelow Hill, Northview, Jacobs, Lincoln, Liberty Benton; Hardin County- Alger & Kenton Elementary; Paulding County- Paulding Elementary School; Putnam County- Ottawa Elementary School, Columbus Grove Elementary; Seneca County- Tiffin Elementary.

West Ohio Food Bank is continuously looking for support for the Backpack Program. This could come in the form of monetary, product, or volunteering. Since the program has grown exponentially, the need for volunteers is even greater than before. The bags are packed and distributed to the children weekly. For more information on how you can help support this terrific program please contact WOFB at 419-222-7946.

Allen County:

Auglaize County:

Lima City Schools 500 weekly Cridersville Elementary School 4 weekly
Elida Elementary School 72 weekly Wapak Elementary School 17 weekly
Perry Elementary School 72 weekly Wapak Middle School 13 weekly
Bath Elementary School 33 weekly

Hancock County:

Spencerville Elementary School 29 weekly Arcadia Elementary School 84 bi-weekly
Delphos Elementary School 20 weekly Findlay City Schools 1200 bi-weekly
Allen East Elementary School 32 weekly Liberty Benton 88 bi- weekly

Hardin County:

Paulding County:

Kenton Elementary School 164 monthly Paulding Elementary School 68 weekly
Ridgemont Elementary School 20 monthly

Seneca County:

Putnam County:

Tiffin Elementary School 400 weekly Putnam County School 123 weekly

How you can help:

If you would like to volunteer to help pack these bags each week, please call Ina Mack, Volunteer Coordinator at (419) 222-7946.