Shenendehowa's Bountiful Backpack

Shenendehowa's K-12 Bountiful Backpack program is a partnership with with the Regional Food Bank of NENY designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, especially on weekends. The program provides backpacks filled with food that is child-friendly, shelf-stable and easily-consumed.

Each bag includes…

  • Breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal packets, graham crackers, granola bars)
  • Entrées (mac & cheese, PB & J, SpaghettiOs, tuna fish, soup)
  • Juice boxes (100% juice)
  • Milk card for 1 gallon of milk (distributed every other week)
  • Bread
  • Fresh fruits (apples, oranges, etc.)
  • Canned vegetables (distributed once a month)
  • Snacks (cookies, popcorn, pudding, etc.)

We are immensely grateful for the dedication of the countless groups and individuals who make this program possible. The ongoing community and school support helped us to provide more than 6,000 backpacks full of food throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

How can you help with the backpack program?

Shenendehowa’s Bountiful Backpack program is funded entirely by local donations. The average cost of one backpack full of food is approximately $6. The cost to sponsor a child for a full school year is approximately $185.00.

To donate online:

● Go to

● Click the “Donate Now” icon

● Enter the amount, donor information, etc.

● To designate the funds to Shenendehowa Back Pack, be sure to: Select “BackPack Program” under Program Designation and type in "Shenendehowa" under Adapt-a-Program Details

To donate by mail:

PLEASE MAIL TO: Regional Food Bank of NENY

965 Albany-Shaker Road

Latham, New York 12110

To sign up or qualify for the Bountiful Backpack Program

Students are typically referred to the program by the school counselor. If you are a parent looking to participate in the program or a community member who knows of a child or children who may be in need, please contact the school counselor, the school principal or the Director of Policy and Community Services Rebecca Carman (518)881-0611.