Weekend Backpack Program

A program providing free weekend food to kids who need it

With no access to school-provided meals on the weekends, some families struggle to provide enough food for their kids. The Weekend Backpack Program is a partnership between Franklin Public Schools and the Franklin Food Pantry to provide weekend food for kids in need. With enough food to eat, kids have the energy to do better in school, enjoy their friends, and are absent less often. Overall, they are healthier – physically and emotionally.

How it Works

  • Backpacks are given to participating students each Friday in their schools.
  • They are filled with child-friendly foods. Some examples are granola bars, oatmeal, canned pasta, shelf stable milk and crackers.
  • Backpacks are distributed to students in a discreet and caring manner. Names of students are kept confidential by the school and are not shared with the Franklin Food Pantry.

All students in the elementary, middle, and high schools and the ECDC are eligible to sign up at any time throughout the school year. Interested families should contact their own school for sign-up information.

Sponsor The Weekend Backpack Program

If your business is interested in sponsoring the backpack program, please contact Marsha Tait.

Help Fill Weekend Backpacks

For a list of The Pantry’s most-needed items, visit our Current Needs.