The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

September 23, 2013

Suggested food items for Backpack Program

— 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

Bottled water

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

Pop Tarts


Pudding cups: Shelf stable

Snack mixes

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.