Backpack Program

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 –

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (Continued)

For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.