Backpack Food Program

Making sure all of our students do not go hungry!

Program Purpose

To remove barriers of learning by partnering with the community through Swartz Creek's Community Mission Board in offering free food to those Swartz Creek students in need.


Backpack & Threads Program Flyer

Backpack Program Details

Through conversations with staff and parents, the school's principal or counselor will determine if there is a student in need of support. After making that decision, the principal will refer the student and parents contact information to the Swartz Creek's Director of Child and Community Development to review for participation in the Backpack Program.


After being accepted and resources are obtained to support the student's participation, a representative of Community Education will contact the parents of the student and the school to set up to the coordination of the backpack pick-up and return. The student will be given a backpack of food every Friday at their school that will contain food items for one weekend of meals. The student will return the empty backpacks to their school’s main office on the following Monday, so that their backpack may again be filled with food for the next Friday’s backpack pick-up.


*Important Note: To participate in the Backpack Foods Program, parents must contact the principal or counselor of their school. Do to the amount of money and resources, acceptance into the program is not guaranteed and is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Backpack Items

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables and/or Fruit
  • Soup
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Pasta & Sauce
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Bread
  • Cereal


*Important Note: Not all backpacks will contain all of the above listed items. Contents on the backpack will be determined based on the amount of students in the program, availability, and amount of resources obtained each week.

Please Donate!

To make donations to the Backpack Foods Program, contact:


Mr. David Simancek

Director of Child and Community Development

Swartz Creek Community Schools

(810) 591-4388


All monetary donations are welcome! Checks may be made out to Swartz Creek Community Education – Community Mission Board.

We already have the space. We already have volunteers. Now, we just need to come to the table and collaborate on making it happen.