Backpacks of Hope

Did you know that 25% of children in Washington experience food insecurity? In Tacoma, children at-risk for hunger qualify for reduced lunch prices in public schools, but that only covers their meals during the week. Many children are still hungry over the weekend. 

Backpacks of Hope is the campus arm of St. Leo's Food Connection's Backpack Program. Backpacks of Hope mobilizes Puget Sound students to find childhood hunger in Tacoma by providing food for children across 26 public schools. For 2-3 times a week, volunteers fill backpacks with food to sustain a child throughout the weekend.

If you are interested in volunteering weekly as an individual or with a group, please contact backpacks@pugetsound.edu.