Weekend Backpacks

Nutritious food backpacks for low-income preschool children

Evidence Informed

First Steps' weekend backpack programs provide preschool children with nutiritious, kid-friendly meals on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available.

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Who it Serves

The program is designed to serve preschool children at risk of food insecurity.

Ages 3-5

Families with preschool-aged children

How It Works

Children enrolled in the program receive weekend and holiday meals during the school year.

2 Generation Approach

Education and support for the whole family

Target Outcomes

The program is designed to reduce food insecurity, ensuring that children arrive at school well-fed and ready to learn.

Community Impact


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