BackPack Buddies Program

The BackPack Buddies program provides a weekend’s worth of nutritional food to Midland County elementary school children who receive free or reduced-price school lunches and who’s families have elected to participate in the program. Each Friday during the school day, these students receive plastic grocery bags filled with food items. The food is provided through a program in partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Food items include healthy, easy-to-prepare food for kid-friendly meals, and Midland County EFPN also provides a fresh fruit item each month.

We have extended this program to Head Start classes. We are looking to expand this program to low-income children who participate in the Great Start Readiness Program. Approximately 600 children took part in the program for the 2021-2022 school year, and the cost of this program for the 2021-2022 school year was approximately $110.00 per student. This program is overseen by an EFPN volunteer with the help and coordination of countless people in the Midland County School system, as well as volunteers outside of the school system, who help keep this program operating. Many recipient families have remarked how much they appreciate this additional food for the weekend.


Click here for the 2022-2023 program enrollment form