Kids Helping Kids

Gleaners Community Food Bank partners with local schools to end child hunger one school at a time. Food is distributed year-round, including summer months when the risk of child hunger is at its greatest. 

Backpack Program

Nearly 300,000 children in our area receive 2 out of 3 meals at school. Some of these meals are free or at a reduced cost to the family. On the weekend, these children often go without meals. Gleaners partners with local schools to distribute BackPacks filled with nutritious food for children who rely on free or reduced priced meals during the week.

Each BackPack contains:

  • shelf stable milk
  • canned protein
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • whole grain cereal or crackers

Empty Bowls

Work with an artist and create two clay bowls. One to keep and one to donate to Gleaners to support school based program. The required donation is $5 per participant. To volunteer, please email us at


This is a service learning program. School-aged groups (5-18 years old) learn the importance of good nutrition, learn about hunger, volunteerism and how they can help through youth philanthropy. Youth groups pack food bags for distribution at school which are filled with weekend food for kids or snacks for after school programs. The program length is 2 – 2.5 hours.

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