In an effort to ensure that no child goes without healthy meals during times when school is not in session, the Walmart Foundation announced Dec. 20 a $56,000 grant to the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack Program.


In an effort to ensure that no child goes without healthy meals during times when school is not in session, the Walmart Foundation announced Dec. 20 a $56,000 grant to the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack Program.

The food bank’s Backpack Program provides food to at-need children for weekends and holidays when school is not in session and federal school meal programs are not available. Backpacks are stocked with kid-friendly, nutritious food including shelf-stable milk and juice, peanut butter and jelly, granola bars, applesauce, cereal and more. They are distributed on Fridays or the last day before a holiday or vacation in a discreet manner at sites where children normally congregate after school.

“With an increasing number of Delawareans in need of food assistance, Walmart is proud to support the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack Program,” said Steven Reed, Walmart Market manager. “Walmart is committed to making sure that our community’s most-vulnerable populations have the needed nutrition to learn, play and grow.”

“It’s known that good nutrition is directly tied to children’s performance in school and overall wellbeing,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We are so grateful for Walmart’s commitment to making sure that no child goes without nutritious meals. With this financial gift we’ll be able to continue to grow the program so that we’re able to reach every at-risk child in the state.”

The funding will allow the food bank to expand its program from 50 sites distributing 28,501 backpacks per school year to 80 sites providing a total of 68,000 packs. Sites interested in distributing backpacks to at-risk children may call Stacy Stevens, Children’s Nutrition Program coordinator, at 302-444-8128 or email sstevens@fbd.org.