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"Hungry" is no way to spend childhood

Each week the Polk County Salvation Army provides food to hungry kids over the weekend through the BackPack Program.

Each Week the Backpack Program Provides 300 Backpacks to hungry kids over the weekend

Volunteers in Amery, Clayton, Clear Lake, Frederic, Unity, Polk County Headstart, Turtle Lake and Luck pack backpacks each week filled with food to go home with school children in need of this nutritional resource in their homes. Each Backpack contains: Dinner, Breakfast, Fruit, Vegetable, Snack and a milk coupon once a month.

Students arrive back to school on Mondays ready to learn

Prior to implementing the Backpack Program, teachers and staff from area schools were concerned for students who would be visiting the nurses office because of tummy aches. They were tired, hungry and unable to focus. Since the Backpack Program is readily available in our schools, Students are returning from the weekend more ready to focus on learning rather than hunger.

How we help cure hunger

The Backpack Program through the Polk County Salvation Army serves local families who sign up to receive this service. The program was created to help off-set hunger on the weekends when children who normally receive a free or reduced rate breakfast and lunch at school, wouldn't have access to that same resource on the weekend.  The Backpack is filled with items to help reduce hunger for a child and their family.

Each Backpack Contains:

  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Snack
  • 1x per month, Milk Coupon

Donations for this important Resource are needed
The cost of this program can be quite high and without donations, the program is at risk.

Please considering donation to support this program by sending donations to:

Polk County Salvation Army
PO BOX 129
Clear Lake, WI  54005
Memo: Backpack Program

For more information, please contact Jacky Ouellette at 

Eligibility Guidelines

  • To enroll your child in this program, please contact your school nutrition office.