The Hudson Area Backpack Program is designed to help feed hungry children two weekends a month during the school year. All private and public elementary and middle schools participate in the program. Backpacks are filled with nonperishable, child-friendly, food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also included is a voucher for free milk, eggs, bread and cheese from Hudson County Market or Family Fresh.
The Hudson Area Backpack Program currently serves 165 families in the Hudson area. During the 2015 school year, 74% of the participants in the program were on free or reduced lunches. The need in Hudson's community is real.
The program began with EP Rock in 2007. Today ten local churches, with the help of community support and volunteers, have made the Backpack Program a success.
The program is not only a way to distribute healthy food to those in need but is also a valuate way to raise awareness regarding various programs available to these families.
These programs include: The Sharing Tree; Operation HELP, Give Kids a Smile, summer library programs and others.
The Backpack Program was developed in 1995 in Little Rock, Arkansas. A school nurse reached out to a local food bank, Arkansas Rice Depot, for help aiding hungry students who frequently visited her with complaints of stomach aches and dizziness. The food bank began to provide the school children with nondescript backpacks containing groceries.
The Backpack Program has grown immensely. Today programs operate and serve various school districts throughout the United States. Backpack volunteers distribute 450,000 backpacks per week on average. These backpacks provide nutritious food to families in need throughout the country.
NEW IN 2016
In December the Hudson Area Backpack Program was expanded to include the Hudson Middle School.
NEW IN 2017
During the summer, we offered a Summer Backpack Program. We averaged 45 families during the five giveaways.
During the 2017-2018 school year we added families from the 4K program.
We are offering vouchers to high school students receiving food assistance.
We are adding a $5 meat product to our vouchers effective in December.
Hudson Backpack Program receives over $1K from local Lions group from proceeds from their meat raffle.
Summer Backpack Program - July 12, 2017
Summer Backpack Program - June 28, 2017
Summer Backpack Program - June 14, 2017
“Fred Dietze, President of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson with some of the children’s books given to each child who came to pick up food. “
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