Backpack Program

Support for families

Chief Joseph Elementary School PTO coordinates food backpacks to support our families dealing with food insecurity over weekends and extended breaks.

How can you help?

  • Food donations are always welcome and extremely appreciated. Please check out our "Wish List" below.
  • You may also make a tax-deductible financial contribution in support of the Backpack Program. Checks can be made out to Chief Joseph Elementary School PTO. We also love grocery store gift cards!
  • Volunteers assemble and distribute these packs Thursday mornings. Wanna help? Sign up!

Backpack Program Wish List

Here are some examples of kid friendly "easy" foods (pop-top cans preferred!). We love high protein, easy to prepare food!

  • Heat and Serve Meals (shelf stable)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Snack Mix
  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Pasta sauce
  • Instant oatmeal packets
  • Pop Top Soup or Chili
  • Peanut butter
  • Granola or Fruit bars
  • Mac and Cheese/Knorr Sides

To find out more about making donations or volunteering please contact us at