San Diego Food Bank Initiative – Food 4 Kids Backpack Program

IriSys participates in the San Diego Food Bank initiative – Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which distributes weekend food packages to chronically hungry elementary school students from low-income households.

The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program provides weekend food packages to chronically hungry elementary school students from low-income households who are at risk of hunger over the weekend when free school meals are unavailable.  Every Friday afternoon students on the program are called out of class, often to the school nurse’s office, and discretely given a bag of food which is tucked into their backpacks.  Each bag contains enough food to see the students through the weekend, and the discreet distributions remove the stigma that might be attached to the program.

How much does it cost for the Backpack Program to feed a child for a year?

  • $200 = 1 school year (36 weekends)

  • $22 = 1 month (4 weekends)

  • $5.55 = 1 weekend


How can I help fund a child or school on the program?

Contact the Food Bank at 1-858-527-1419.