The mission of Boomerang Backpacks is to nourish low-income elementary students on weekends by providing bags full of food for free and to inspire high school students to experience community service through project-based learning and student internships.
The Boomerang Backpack program is a weekend food distribution program that provides elementary students typically enrolled in the free or reduced lunch programs with a backpack filled with healthy foods for the weekend. Additionally, whenever possible, older kids or students from the functional skills classes from the same school district will help with packing the bags each week.
We work to feed hungry children, provide community service opportunities for at-risk youth, and provide work-based learning experiences for special needs children. The average cost to feed one child every weekend for the course of the school year is approximately $105.
We address the needs of children living at or near poverty levels, children who haven't experienced success in traditional school environments, and low-functioning children enrolled in special needs life skills programs.