The Backpack Program




"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."


-Margaret Mead




Our mission

  • The Indian River Backpack Program will make a positive difference in the

lives of IRCSD students by providing families in need with a backpack of food

over weekends and holidays in order to help the students of these families

reach their full potential at school and in their community.



What is the Backpack Program?

  • The Indian River Backpack Program, Inc is a not for profit organization.

This organization relies solely on the generosity of our community and the

commitment of dedicated individuals who volunteer their time throughout

the year. Without this support, our program would be unable to serve our local families


  •  It began in February  2014 with 29 families receiving backpacks each weekend. In a year it has almost

doubled in size to serve over 100 children every week. This program services families in all seven of the Indian River Schools. 



Typical backpack items include


  • peanut butter

  • jelly

  • tuna fish

  • spagetti

  • vegatables

  • fruit

  • chili beans

  • beef stew

  • fruit cups

  • granola bars

  • soup

  • oatmeal

  • mac 'n cheese



Our goal of $5,000 will take us far...


  • provides support for 139 backpacks 

  • brings assistance directly to over 100 children at IRCSD

  • easy to prepare and readily accessable food for hungry families



Thank you!


Without the support of these individuals and organizations the Backpack Program would not exist! We deeply appreciate the support from the following:


  • Board of Education at Indian River CSD

  • Indian River Central Faculty, Staff, and Community

  • South Jefferson Backpack Program

  • LaFargeville Backpack Program

  • Watertown Elk's Club

  • Philadelphia Masons

  • Cook's Plumbing, Heating, and Hardware

  • McCue Dental

  • All the generous sponsors shown below!



































More than 1 in 5 children is at risk for hunger.

"If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger."


      - Buzz Aldrin

1 in 6 people in America face hunger.

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."


   -Mother Teresa

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