Lists are in abundance these days with the first day of school around the corner (around the weekend corner to be exact – EEK!).  Most families are scurrying to buy book bags, school supplies and new clothes.

At the closure of my own school shopping trip and upon seeing the end result flashing on the register, my oldest son, William, looked at me and said: Hey, mom? How do the backpack kids get ready for school? I explained to him that I wasn’t quite sure but it was one reason I always picked up a few extras to donate.  I was proud of him for thinking about it (maybe he DOES occasionally listen to things I talk about).

BackPack Beginnings is gearing up too.  The beginning of school requires that the BPB pantries be stocked up in order to meet the demands of the upcoming busy school year…what do they need?  Below, Parker provides the BPB wish list to fill the pantry needs….if you can pick up a few items on your own shopping list, they will go a long way in meeting the needs of these children.

Food BackPack Program:

  1.  100% juice boxes
  2.  Canned fruits
  3.  Individual low-sugar cereals
  4.  Individual pop-top meals

 Food Pantry Program:

  1. Breakfast Items- oatmeal, grits and cereals
  2. Pastas
  3. Hearty Soups
  4. Canned Meats

 Comfort BackPack Program:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Toothpaste
  3. Crayons
  4. Deodorant
  5. Lip Balm
  6. Playing Cards
  7. Activity Books for 7-17 year olds

 Clothing Pantry Program:

  1. New underwear sizes 2T and up for boys and girls
  2. Infant and toddler socks
  3. New or Gently Used children’s fall and winter clothing, particularly boys


Written on 8/18/2015 by Courtney Murphy