Back Pack Program


More than 21 million children qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. What happens when they go home over the weekend?

We are supporting them with a supply of healthy canned and dry goods to help them get through the weekend. We welcome your donations!

Then with the school’s help, they go home on Friday with a full backpack of food.

School Supplies and Backpack Food List 2016-17 for Metzger Elementary Students (Distributed by Bethlehem House of Bread)

Backpack foods:

Boxes of instant oatmeal packets

6-packs of individual cereal serving boxes

6-packs of raisin boxes

10.5 – 16 oz. cans of condensed chicken noodle, chicken vegetable, or beef vegetable soup

6-packs of dry macaroni and cheese


Peanut butter and jellies in plastic containers

6-pack applesauce – or other fruit – cups

Healthy, low sugar granola bars

100% fruit juices in single serving boxes


School supplies:

Binder paper (wide ruled, 3 hole punch)


Washable markers,



24 box crayons


White school glue

3-hole composition books (wide ruled)

Packs of colored construction paper


Scientific calculators


Anything else on the school supply shelves in stores.

Also needed are the individual Kleenex packets.