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Backpack Buddies


Backpack Buddy Cartoon of backpack and bagged lunch


To provide food-insecure students of North Clackamas Schools with healthy meals by partnering with the community through awareness, education, and engagement.

Backpack Buddies is a volunteer-run program that provides nutritious weekend food packages for children in need. The Backpack Buddies Program strives to provide weekend meals to North Clackamas students receiving free or reduced-price school lunches. The goal for supporting organizations is to serve students two meals per weekend for 37 weeks per year. 

How can you help?
Anyone interested in joining the effort should contact Kathy Harrison at (503) 353-5663 x 33735 or The nonprofit North Clackamas Education Foundation will accept cash donations for the Backpack Buddy program. An estimated donation of $4.45 feeds one child for one weekend, while $164 is estimated to feed a child every weekend during a school year. 

Send donations to:

Backpack Buddy Program
PO Box 595
Clackamas, OR 97015

If you would like to make a donation of food, the follow list is an example of needed items:

  • granola bars
  • peanut butter
  • fruit cups
  • pull tab/pop-top cans of noodles
  • protein
  • cans of protein (meat, chili)
  • peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • small boxes of raisins
  • juice boxes
  • foil lid apple sauce cups
  • trail mix
  • nuts in pouches
  • fruit—apples, oranges
  • cans of hearty soup