BackPack Buddies

BackPack Buddies provides food-insecure children with weekend meals during the school year. Team members pack and deliver food for students at participating elementary schools – Lacy, Rogers Lane, and Conn. The packed food is sourced from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and from individuals and businesses in the community. The Junior League of Raleigh and Backpack Buddies also support seven other elementary schools in Wake County through a partnership with Interfaith Food Shuttle.

How to Contribute

It would be impossible for BackPack Buddies to have such an impact without help from individuals and groups. Below are a few ways that you can get involved:

  • Donate to BackPack Buddies by sponsoring a child for a month, a semester, a year or other amount.
  • Host a food drive at your workplace, neighborhood, place of worship, etc. See a list of items needed.
  • Go in with your book club, supper club, etc. to sponsor one child for the entire school year ($350).
  • Sponsor fresh fruit for a week ($80).
  • Request donations be made to BackPack Buddies in lieu of gifts at birthday parties and other events.
  • Recommend a business that would host a percentage of sales to BackPack Buddies.
  • Donate a gift card to a local grocery store.
  • Hosting an event for work or at home? Add a charitable element to it and ask attendees to bring food donations.  
  • Don’t know what to get the person who has everything? Make a donation to BackPack Buddies in their honor and we will send them an honor card informing of the donation made on their behalf.

Contact Us

Please contact for more information about this program or to donate food or funds.