Nutritious, kid-friendly food is provided for the weekend for at-risk children in schools grade K-12 and summer meal program sites. Many of these children rely on school meals to provide breakfast and lunch during the school year. During breaks, such as weekends and holidays, many of these children go home to little or no meals. The Galveston County Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program works to fill that gap by providing nutritious, child-friendly food for school children to take home.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements?

A child must attend a school approved for the Backpack Buddy Program and the child must qualify for free-and-reduced breakfast and lunch. If you are not sure if your child’s school is approved for the program, you can reach out to the school counselor.

How do I register my child for the Backpack Buddy program?

If your child’s school is approved for the Backpack Buddy Program, you can register your child by reaching out to the Backpack Buddy Site Coordinator (usually the school counselor or a Communities in Schools representative).

What comes in the Backpack Buddy packs?

Each pack weighs between 7-10 pounds and contains the following food items: 2 proteins, 2 fruits, 2 vegetables, 2 healthy snacks, 1 grain, and shelf-stable milk.

How often does an eligible child receive a Backpack Buddy pack?

Packs are distributed every Friday.

How does a school register for the Backpack Buddy program?

A representative staff member from the school may apply to join the Backpack Buddy Program by visiting here.  Then select  “Apply to join the 2020/2021 Backpack Buddy Program”.

For questions or assistance, please email Kelly Boyer.

Participating Schools

Clear Creek ISD
Arlyne & Alan Weber Elementary School- Houston
Bay Elementary- Seabrook
Brookside Intermediate- Friendswood
Brookwood Elementary- Houston
C.D. Landolt Elementary- Friendswood
Clear Lake Intermediate- Houston
Creekside Intermediate School- League City
Ferguson Elementary- League City
League City Elementary- League City
McWhirter Elementary- Webster
P.H. Greene Elementary- Webster
Ralph Parr Elementary- League City
Space Center Intermediate- Houston
Victory Lakes Intermediate- League City
Wedgewood Elementary- Friendswood
Westbrook Intermediate- Friendswood
Whitcomb Elementary- Houston

Dickinson ISD

Barber Middle School- Dickinson
Bay Colony Elementary- League City
Dickinson High School- Dickison
Hughes Road Elementary- Dickison
Jake Silbernagel Elementary- Dickinson
Kenneth E. Little Elementary School- Bacliff
Kranz Jr High- Dickinson
Lobit Elementary- Dickinson
McAdams Jr High- Dickinson
San Leon Elementary- San Leon
Bales Intermediate (Westwood Bales)- Friendswood


Galveston ISD

Burnet Elementary Magnet STREAM- Galveston
Central Middle School- Galveston
LA Morgan Elementary- Galveston
Moody Early Childhood Center- Galveston


Hitchcock ISD

Hitchcock Primary- Hitchcock
Kids First Head Start- Hitchcock
Stewart Elementary- Hitchcock


Santa Fe ISD

Santa Fe Jr High- Santa Fe


Texas City ISD
Calvin Vincent Early Childhood Center- Texas City
Blocker Middle School- Texas City
Guajardo Elementary School- Texas City
Hayley Elementary- La Marque
Heights Elementary- Texas City
Kohfeldt Elementary- Texas City
La Marque High School- La Marque
La Marque Middle School- La Marque
Levi Fry Intermediate School- Texas City
Roosevelt-Wilson Elementary- Texas City
Simms Elementary- Texas City