Want to help a neighbor?

Each week 19 children at Chief Joseph Elementary School take home a backpack filled with donated food. During the week these children qualify for free or reduced fee breakfast and lunch at school, and the food backpacks help them get through the weekend at home. Most of the food is dried/canned staples donated by the NE Ecumenical Food Pantry. The backpacks are lacking fresh fruit. In addition to food, these families are also in need of some basic necessities like toilet paper and disposable diapers.

If you can buy extras while you're shopping and drop them off at the front office of Chief Joseph (Saratoga and Delaware), you'll walk out with a smile and someone in your neighborhood will greatly benefit from your generosity. Backpacks are filled on Wednesdays and go out on Thursdays each week. Donations are accepted any weekday. Thank you!


  1. How about clothes, blankets, or other house hold items? I have an excess of shoes and jackets in my house, gently used and nice. Would anything like this be of help?

  2. Anonymous1/27/2012

    Thanks to those who've donated fruit this week. Oranges are still a good deal, bananas too!