Feeding Chronically Hungry Schoolchildren

Partnership to reduce the number of schoolchildren suffering from chronic hunger.

Backpacks Full of Good Nutrition

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.


  • Abbott Fund

    Staff size: Unknown

    The Abbott Fund was established by Abbott, a global health care company, in 1951, as a philanthropic foundation based in Illinois, United States. The Abbott Fund’s vision is to create...

  • Feeding America

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the...

  • Global FoodBanking Network (GFN)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating world hunger through food banking. GFN creates, supports and strengthens food banks and food...

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Key Information

LocationNorth America, United States, Latin America and Caribbean, Mexico
  • Start Date 2009
ValueUSD 500 Thousand