Every Friday, thousands of otherwise hungry American children leave school toting backpacks filled with nutritious foods and juices for themselves, their brothers and their sisters. Backpacks are distributed discreetly before weekends and school vacations. Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, manages the BackPack Program serving hundreds of thousands of children annually. The Abbott Fund is a major supporter, helping to feed 4,000 families by sponsoring BackPack programs near Abbott sites in Alameda, Santa Ana and Santa Clara, California; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Altavista, Virginia; Kenosha, Wisconsin; North Chicago and Chicago, Illinois; and Puerto Rico. The Abbott Fund is also sponsoring programs outside the U.S. through The Global FoodBanking Network. In 2010, the first international BackPack program was launched in in Mexico City, Mexico.
The Abbott Fund has contributed more than $350,000 in grants, and Abbott's $150,000 in product donations include ZonePerfect nutrition bars. Abbott employees volunteer their time to help fill and distribute the backpacks each week.
|Location||North America, United States, Latin America and Caribbean, Mexico|
|Value||USD 500 Thousand|