Food4Kids Backpack Program - GTN - Gainesville Television Network

Food4Kids Backpack Program

Food4Kids Backpack Program

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Some children are hungry and without food on the weekends. The Food4Kids Program will provide a backpack of food for the child to take home each Friday.

Suggested Food Donations:

  • Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.)
  • Canned Veggies & Beans
  • Canned Pasta (Spaghettios, 14oz)
  • Canned Soup
  • Juice Boxes/Pouches
  • Fruit and Pudding Cups
  • Breakfast Items (oatmeal packets, breakfast bars, single serving cereals)
  • Snack Bars (granola, etc)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Snacks (single servings of raisins, pretzels, animal crackers, etc.)
  • Milk (shelf stable)
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly

Please help sponsor a child:

$6 a week or $250 for the school year



(352) 514-0281


Drop off locations:

Gainesville Television Network

SunShine Eagles

Emergency Physicians Medical Center

Salon 5402

Beef 'O' Bradys (1999 Northwest 43rd Street)


More about the program:

19% of Alachua County's children are affected by poverty, and many of these children are hungry on the weekends due to food instability in the home. Many children that qualify for free and reduced lunch rates have been identified by as being chronically hungry by their school's administration. The Food4Kids program at will send home a rolling backpack full of food every Friday to these children who are at risk of hunger on the weekends and breaks during the school year. The backpack will include enough food for the child and siblings in the home. It will be returned to the school on Monday and re-filled by volunteers for that upcoming Friday.

The community's support will be vital to launch and sustain the backpack project, and extend the program into multiple schools in our community. Donations of wheeled backpacks, listed food items, and financial gifts are greatly appreciated. The program costs approximately $6 per week or $250 per school year for each child. We expect the program to grow as we become aware of more children in need at area elementary schools.

The future vision of the Food4Kids program is to launch in all schools where children are in need, starting here in Alachua County. I will be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you have. Thank you so much for considering to support the program and we look forward to hearing how you are able to participate.


Jennifer Moore

Food4Kids Program Coordinator

 May no child go to bed hungry because of your support!

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