Beginning this new school year- Gardendale-Mt. Vernon will be teaming with True Vine Evangelical Church to provide Backpack Buddies for Tarrant Intermediate School and Fultondale Elementary School. Backpack Buddies is a nationwide program whose sole intention is to feed hungry children. Many school aged children who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunches at school are often hungry on the weekends. Using the BB model, groups adopt a school and work with school counselors to determine children who are eligible for this program. Bags of food are then put in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

The items list below are what we need donated please.

Each weekend, every child will receive:

2 Breakfast Items:

  • Instant Oatmeal packets
  • Breakfast cereal bars
  • Single serve boxes of cereal

4 Main Course Items:

  • Chef Boyardee Pastas
  • Small cans of spaghetti
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Single serve Mac & Cheese
  • Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup

2 Drink Items:

  • 100% fruit juice boxes
  • 100% fruit juice Capri Sun
  • Milk boxes

2 Dessert Items:

  • Individual pudding cups
  • Individual fruit cups

2 Vegetable Items:

  • Vegetable cups
  • small canned vegetables

3 Snack Items:

  • Granola Bars
  • Cheese Crackers
  • Slim Jim or Beef Jerky
  • Fruit gummies
  • Raisins or dried fruit

Important Notes!

1.All items must be non-perishable and individually packages.

2.Any cans must be pop-top or peel off.

3.We cannot accept any packaging which requires a can opener.

4.All juice drinks must be 100% juice.

5.Low sugar and sodium preferred.


How Can I Help?

1.Each Sunday School Class, Small Group or Tribe will be asked to provide a few specific food items throughout the school year from the approved list.

2.Bring purchased food to church and place in the designated containers.