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The Backpack Buddies Program was established in 2009 and currently serves over 235 in-need students in eleven schools in Douglas County. A backpack containing non-perishable food for seven meals over the weekend is distributed to participating students each Friday. Parents are required to complete a permission slip each year. Many of the students who participate in Backpack Buddies qualify for free/reduced breakfast and lunch programs while at school. However, on weekends little food is available to them. Because the schools in Douglas County are committed to the students in their schools they continue to make this program available to their students in need. 


Preiously affiliated with the Minden Rotary Club Foundation, the Backpack Buddies Program received its own non-profit charitable status (501(c)3) in 2016. 

Our Board of Directors

      Scott Shick, President

      Deborah Dove, Secretary

      Drew Aguilar, Treasurer      

      Audrey Slobe

      Terri Jamin


New Location

We are located in the Heritage Building at the Gardnerville Elementary School campus on Toler Road in Gardnerville.


Please join us at 9:00 AM for our monthly packing on the second Monday of each month.


Thank You

We would like to sincerely extend our thanks to all who make Backpack Buddies possible in Douglas County. 


A big thank you to our core group of volunteers; Stephanie Wiewandt, Connie Billington, Bob and Cy Haynes, Jim Pursel, Tim Bryant, Bill McKenzie, Birdie Hanson, Nancy Larsen, Jerri Biddle, Suzann Kidd, Jim Bell, Alex Uribe, Jerry VanSickle and Candy Best. Without your commitment and support the Backpack Buddies Program would not be able to serve the in-need students in our community. 

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Cy Haynes,
Jan 16, 2018, 4:12 PM
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Cy Haynes,
Jan 16, 2018, 4:00 PM
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Cy Haynes,
Mar 15, 2019, 2:33 PM
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Connie Billington,
Jan 12, 2018, 5:51 PM
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Connie Billington,
Jan 12, 2018, 5:45 PM
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Cy Haynes,
Jul 8, 2018, 2:43 PM
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