Backpack Buddies

... because hunger doesn't take the weekend off

What We Do

Ahavath Achim's Backpack Buddies (BPB) provides food insecure students at E. Rivers Elementary School with backpacks full of satisfying and healthy food for every weekend throughout the school year. Over 25% of children attending E. Rivers Elementary School on Peachtree Battle participate in the free or reduced price meal program. Many children leave school on Friday not knowing when
they will eat again.

Backpack Buddies provides food for these children on weekends to make sure that they stay nourished for the subsequent week.

Our Process

The school first identifies students in need of the Backpack Buddies program. Food is purchased from the Atlanta Food Bank and other retail outlets and is kept in secure areas within our synagogue.

Volunteers meet weekly to pack food and deliver it to E. Rivers.  School counselors pack the food into backpacks supplied by Ahavath Achim. Individual backpacks are filled with single-serve, substantial foods.

The backpacks are privately given to the children on Friday. The students must bring back their backpacks on the subsequent Monday in order to receive food again on Friday.

How You Can Help

We are always looking for volunteers to meet every week to pack food at the AA and to deliver it to the school by Thursday.

In addition to feeding the children, volunteering with BPB is a way to connect with the community here at Ahavath Achim.

Which School?

We are currently partnering with E. Rivers Elementary School. Our initial goal is to pack food for 24 children and eventually expand to 100 kids.

We Accept Donations!

While it costs $180 per child per school year to fund Backpack Buddies, any size donation is appreciated! We also accept single-serve, non-perishable food items.


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