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

Sponsor a Pack

If your business is interested in sponsoring a pack and/or volunteering to fill a backpack please contact Amy Cataldo.

Weekend Backpack – Amazon Wishlist 

Looking for an easy way to donate to our Weekend Backpack program? Now you can purchase directly off of our Amazon Wish List. Visit the wish list and select the item(s) you’d like to purchase. Add them to your cart and select the Franklin Food Pantry to have them shipped directly to us. If you’d like to receive a thank you note, please ✔ the “if this is a gift” box and include your name and address. If you have any questions please contact Amy Cataldo

Thank you for your support of this program and feel free to share the link with friends and family: http://bit.ly/FFPbackpackwishlist.