The Backpack Program provides children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.
Suggested food items are listed below (food must be prepackaged and not require refrigeration).
100% juice boxes: Fruit, vegetable, blends
Animal or graham crackers
Bars: Cereal, breakfast or granola
Canned beans: Baked, kidney, white, navy, red, black, garbanzo, with franks
Canned or pouches: Tuna, chicken, salmon
Canned ravioli, Spaghetti-Os, etc.
Canned soups or stew
Canned vegetables: Corn, green beans, etc.
Cereal: Individual servings
Crackers: Whole grain preferred
Dried beef sticks or jerky
Dried fruit: Raisins, prunes, apples, apricots, dates, figs, etc.
Fruit cups: Peaches, applesauce, etc.
Milk: Shelf-stable (no refrigeration)
Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc.
Peanut butter and other nut butters
Pudding cups: Shelf stable
Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
Tortilla chips: Whole grain, corn, wheat
Items can be dropped off at the Guard Shack located at the intersection of Greenbrier and Washington Streets in Charleston (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or in the Governor’s Reception Room (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through Sept. 27.