Backpack Buddies

Contact: Debbi W. Dunlap


“Packing Meetings” are normally the second Thursday of the month in the Family Center (there are exceptions due to school closures)

Ministry Mission Statement: Backpack Buddies (BPB) was created in 2010 to provide nutritious food on school year weekends to children who qualify for subsidized lunches during the week but may go hungry on the weekends. Currently, 51% of the public grammar school-aged children on the Island fit this criteria.

Current Ministry Activities: St. Francis is a packing site for one of the 3 Hilton Head public grammar schools, we serve namely The School of Creative Arts. As such, we use volunteer help for several tasks including: driving to Yemassee to pick up food supplies from the Low Country Food Bank once per month, helping to set up and pack the individual bags once a month in the family center, delivering heavy packed bins to the schools after the packing, picking up empty bins, and packing bags into backpacks at the school site.

Current Volunteer Opportunities: This ministry has been very blessed with many, many volunteers.  For that reason, we are not adding new members to the program right now in order to better utilize those currently on our roles.  The only exception is we still could use a few volunteers to make the monthly drive to Yemassee, SC to pick up food from the Low Country Food Bank.  (A volunteer would only be called on one or two times per school year.)  This trip calls for two volunteers, one of whom needs an SUV, truck or van to transport the boxes of food back to the family center.