Giving Thanks and Giving Back with BackPack Buddies

‘Tis the season of giving thanks…and thankful giving! For many of us, the meaning of Thanksgiving usually includes feasting, four-day weekends, football games, floats, family reunions, or a forerunner to Christmas festivities. This year, we are giving back to our local community as a part of our Thanksgiving celebrations in addition to all of our customary traditions.

We were recently introduced to the staff of Backpack Buddies, a not for profit organization located here in Pelham, AL. We are happy to announce that we have partnered with Backpack Buddies to help support the needs of students in our community. Soon you will see a donation area in our lobby that is being set up to collect a variety of foods, as well as grocery gift cards, that will be donated each month directly to the BackPack Buddies program. These donations will benefit the students of our local community that need supplemental food after school hours and over the weekends.

What is BackPack Buddies?

In Shelby County alone, there are over 10,000 public school children on the free meal program at their school but what happens over the weekends? During long holiday breaks and weekends, The BackPack Buddies Program helps meet the need by providing public school students with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food that they can take home when other resources aren’t always available. 

The organization also provides Family Emergency Food Boxes, Hygiene Bags, and many other important essentials. Backpack Buddies supports the needs of students in Alabaster City Schools, Pelham City Schools, and Shelby County Schools. The program feeds approximately 950+ students weekly from August through May of every school year. When school ends each year, the participants receive provision through the many summer feeding programs offered throughout Shelby County.

Please consider dropping off a food or grocery gift card donation to our office at your next appointment with us, while in our optical shop trying on a variety of frames and shades, or simply stop in to drop off your donation while you are out running errands. We accept pop top meals/soups, low-sugar cereal cups, capri suns, nutri-grain bars, carnation breakfast drinks, pasta cups, applesauce cups, pudding cups, fruit gummy snacks & grocery gift cards. These items are easy for children to prepare on their own and have a lengthy shelf-life.

For more information on the BackPack Buddies program, visit their website.