Welcome to Brenden's Friday Backpacks
Hunger can affect anyone, and hundreds of children in our area suffer every day. These can be children in your neighborhood, children that your child sits next to every day at school or children your child plays with at the park. These children don’t look forward to the weekends and long school breaks because often they know that they may not have
much to eat until they go back to school. School food programs only provide free
breakfast and lunch during the week but many times these families struggle to
put food on the table over the weekend.
Brenden’s Friday Backpacks began in 2011 with 4 children in a single school and has grown to a program that currently feeds over 1600 children in 60 schools throughout Jefferson County on a weekly basis during the school year. Every Friday, each child takes home a bag of single-serve, non-perishable, kid-friendly foods that can be easily prepared and last until the child returns to school the next week. The program is run entirely by volunteers and takes anonymous referrals directly from local schools.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit charitable organization.
Donate backpack friendly food or send monetary donations via our website, Facebook page or mail to:
3259 Burning Tree Lane, Festus, MO 63028.
Hold a food drive through your school, business, community organization or club. Check our site for food drives that we'll be holding around the community.
We sort donations and pack bags every Tuesday (excluding summer and holiday breaks) from 9am until 12:30pm at:
16 Municipal Drive, Suite G, Arnold, MO 63010
Donations are welcome during that time.
**Due to Covid-19, we are currently unable to have outside volunteers**
We appreciate the Jefferson Foundation for it's generous support of our program.
Join us and ask how YOU can help feed hungry
kids in your own backyard.