You can put hope on the table for a child in need

 For just $20, you can provide a hungry child with a bag of food from Backpack Buddies filled with meals and snacks to last the weekend and beyond.

For just $20, you can feed a hungry child today

Your donation will provide a child in your community with meals and snacks to last them the weekend and beyond.

Children Across BC are Hungry

Families are in crisis. The ever-increasing cost of rent, household expenses and childcare has created an affordability crisis for families. One in eight families experiences food insecurity. For those that depend on school meal programs to help feed their children, every weekend brings renewed stress to keep food on the table.


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How We Help

Children facing food insecurity often do not eat enough, or don’t eat at all, over weekends. Every Friday, Backpack Buddies delivers bags of food to thousands of BC’s most vulnerable children. We ensure they have the meals and snacks they need to last the weekend and beyond.

We partner with BC schools

Our weekly food deliveries are coordinated in partnership with teachers and administrators. They advise us on the needs of their students and identify children who will benefit most from receiving a bag of food for the weekend. 

We leverage purchasing power

With over 1.25 million meals passing through our warehouse every year, we leverage our significant purchasing power to stretch every dollar. Every week, we feed thousands of kids.

We feed hungry kids

Every bag of food we deliver is filled with meals and snacks to last the weekend and beyond. Each item in our bags is kid-approved and ready-to-eat, with featured items like hummus, tuna snacks, seaweed and fresh fruits and veggies.

Meet Jaimie-Lea

When Jaimie-Lea’s husband died from an aggressive form of cancer, she turned to Backpack Buddies to help feed their three growing children.

“When I’m paying all our bills I don’t have a lot left over for food — it’s terrifying. The amount that I have makes it almost impossible to feed our family. Having food from Backpack Buddies is a huge weight off my shoulders. I know that I won’t be stranded with empty cupboards.”

We Work in Your Community

In 2012, we started with delivering just 20 bags of food to an East Vancouver school. Today, passionate volunteers, donors and staff ensure that over 5,000 kids from every corner of BC get the food they need every Friday, enough to last the weekend and beyond.

Make a Difference Today

Feed Hungry Kids

Join us as a donor. Pack bags as a volunteer. Get your company connected. Whatever you do, when you get involved with Backpack Buddies, you will be putting hope back on the table for hungry kids across BC.

Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with Backpack Buddies. Join us and explore how you can make a difference in the lives of hungry kids in your own community and across BC.

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Give today and provide hungry kids with meals and snacks for the weekend and beyond.

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Have a question about our programs? Want to get involved? Need help making a donation? Get in touch and help feed hungry kids across BC.

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