Backpack Buddies provides weekend nutrition for at-risk children in our community.

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Hundreds of children in Salem go hungry on the weekends. Many children in our community rely on school lunches for nutrition and are often undernourished during the weekend.

One of the ways Outward Church seeks to meet this need is through our Backpack Buddies program. Each week during the school year we prepare bags with meal items to send home with dozens of elementary school students. These bags are delivered to school on Fridays and given to children when they leave, providing them with a basic source of nutrition over the weekend.

Donate food items

The biggest ongoing need for this program is food. Here is a list of the types of food items needed each week:

  • Chef Boyardee 15oz canned meals
  • Oranges
  • Small (individual serving) cereal boxes
  • Organic boxed milk (non-refrigerated)
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce cups
  • Snack items (such as Rice Krispy treats)
  • Fruit snacks

Items can be dropped off at Connect Central on any Sunday.

Donate funds

Our Outreach Fund is designated exclusively for outreach ministries, including Backpack Buddies.

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