The Weekender Backpack Ministry was started in 2014 to help supplement student’s nutrition on the weekend – bridging the gap from lunchtime on Friday to breakfast on Monday. The ministry supports students at 3 Indianapolis schools: Douglass MacArthur Elementary School, Douglass MacArthur Kindergarten Academy, and Burkhart Elementary School.
How it works
A plastic sack of food is placed in each students backpack on Friday during recess to avoid any stigmas being attached to children receiving food assistance. A typical sack of food includes: Nutri-Plenty entrée (supplied by Pack Away Hunger), oatmeal, crackers, granola/cereal bars, and an additional snack item such as fruit snacks.
Students served each week
Bags delivered each school year
How to help
The Weekender Team gathers for packing events on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Contact Jennifer Prickel at firstname.lastname@example.org to make food pick-ups, deliveries, or help pack bags.
Donations can be placed on the white shelves outside of Resurrection Hall.
- November: Granola bars
- December: Oatmeal
$60 will support one child through the end of the current school year.