Aloha Backpack Buddies
Maui Food Bank's newest program is the Aloha BackPack Buddies program. Aloha BackPack Buddies provides elementary school children who are on the free and reduced meal program at their school to receive a pre-filled backpack on Friday that contains six meals they take home for the weekend. This program was launched in September 2012 with one school.
We are currently in 9 schools (including four schools on Molokai). The food bank provides 1,212 backpacks a month to children who are at risk of going hungry. The total amount of backpacks we will distribute this school year is 12,120 which equals, 72,720 meals. The backpack food items are designated for children from low income families as well as children living at or below poverty level.