Backpack Program

Last Updated: 8/12/2020 5:58 PM

Effects of poverty on children: 

Based on Studies by the American Psychological Association

  • Children living in low-income families are at greater risk of behavioral and emotional problems.
  • Some of these problems may include impulsiveness, difficulty getting along with others, aggression, and attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Some emotional problems may include feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.
  • Parents dealing with low income often experience chronic stress, depression, and relationship challenges that often cause both social and emotional problems for children.
  • Low-income families often live in less safe neighborhoods that contribute to children’s developmental problems. Exposure to violence can place children at a greater risk for being a victim of injury, entry into the juvenile justice system, and even death.

Program Goals:

  • Continue to serve Bucyrus City Schools students
  • Continue recruiting new funding partners
  • Continue recruiting new volunteers
  • Continue our program with local support.
  • Continue to identify potential grant opportunities
  • Assist other communities in beginning their own programs

What's inside the Backpacks?

  • Granola Bars
  • Canned beef, chicken or tuna
  • Any meals in a box (Banquet chicken dumplings, beef stroganoff)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (box or individual cups)
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Fruit Cups
  • Oatmeal
  • Pop Tarts
  • Self stable milk
  • Cereal
  • Cereal bars
  • Juice Boxes
  • Capri Sun, Juice, Gatorade
  • Cans of: Ravioli, Spaghetti, Beef-a-Roni, Fruit, Vegetables, Soup, Tuna
  • Canned fruits or vegetables
  • Any shelf stable items (Healthy Choice meals)
  • Soups (canned or instant)
  • Pudding cups
  • Jell-O cups
  • Fruit Roll-Ups or fruit snacks
  • Individually wrapped snacks (Teddy Grahams, Goldfish crackers, cookies)
  • Boxesof spaghetti/canned spaghetti sauce
  • PLEASE no glass jars

How can you help?

  • Write a check
  • Collect food items
  • Volunteer to help pack bags and stock shelves
  • Write notes of encouragement
  • Tell our story to others
  • Encourage groups to help
  • Help look for funding

Checks should be written to Bucyrus Backpack Program LLC. All donations are used to support the program. A receipt can be provided for tax purposes.

Bucyrus Backpack Program LLC Contacts:

Charma Schifer –
Kathy Wells –
Marie Stuckman –
Virginia Hammontree –
Beth Constantine –
Barbara Scott –
Sandy Heinlen –

Non-discrimination Statement and Policy
The Bucyrus Backpack Program, LLC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability,
marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These
activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and
vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming
environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and
Bucyrus Backpack Program, LLC is an equal opportunity non-profit employer. We will not
discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in
employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination,
upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job
applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability,
veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
The above stated non-discrimination Statement and Policy is also the policy adhered to in
regards to the children and families of those receiving the services provided by the Bucyrus
Backpack Program, LLC.

Non-discrimination Statement and Policy as stated above was approved and certified by the
current standing members of the Board of Directors.
Date - 1/27/20

Kathy Wells, President

Carrie Robertson, Secretary