Program Information

    There are more than 150 Backpack Buddies programs in the United States solely operational through the community support of churches, civic groups, community leaders, businesses, corporations, individuals and volunteers. 
    Galax Backpack Buddies, Inc. is a community-based volunteer program that feeds Galax City School children who are hungry over the weekends. Each Friday backpacks are filled with nonperishable, kid-friendly, nutritional food and distributed to the students. The packs are returned the following week and we repeat the process every weekend during the school year. Each backpack of food costs approximately $10.00 a weekend. If someone would like to support a child for a year, it would cost $370.00. This amount can change, depending on the number of weeks school is in session. 
    The program is strictly confidential. The schools' teachers and guidance counselors suggest children who might like to enroll with a parental consent form. Backpack Buddies volunteers have a list of the children's initials, grade and teacher. A tag with this information is attached to each backpack, along with an allergy notation if appropriate.