Where it all began
Backpack Buddies is all about the kids.
There are children right here in our Vancouver backyard spending the weekend hungry. This realization led us to found Backpack Buddies in 2012.
We believe that the act is equally as important as the result, which is how our 'buddy schools' model was born! Each and every backpack we deliver to a child in need has been packed by another child in the community. This way kids and young adults get hands-on experience with the issues faced by others, and learn how to be part of the solution.
We first approached Collingwood School with our idea in Spring 2012. Our request was simple: have students hold a food drive, pack backpacks full of food on a Friday afternoon, and we'd deliver them directly into schools with kids in need. After thinking it over, Collingwood agreed to join our program, and they have been with us ever since!
Our first delivery took place that Fall. Twenty backpacks were packed up and delivered to Grandview Elementary School, and the Backpack Buddies Program was born!
Feeding Over 1,460 Children/Month
We work with 30 schools around the Greater Vancouver area: 14 schools that donate into our program each month, and 16 recipient schools. We depend on our Buddy Schools (donors) to ensure that our program continues to grow in impact.
To Inspire and Empower
By 2020 we want to have inspired and empowered 50 communities to alleviate childhood hunger, using the Backpack Buddies model of #kidshelpingkids. We know it seems lofty, but we believe in the 'go big or go home' mentality!
Meet a Hunger Hero
This young Hunger Hero's fundraising efforts at his school feed over 100 local kids in need every month. See how Sebastian is helping Backpack Buddies fight childhood hunger in our community.