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Micahs-BackpackMicah’s Backpack addresses children’s hunger issues by partnering with local schools to provide direct assistance to students and families who qualify for the free lunch program. Each week during the school year, the identified students receive a backpack filled with enough food for the weekend. The backpacks include two dinners, two lunches and two breakfasts.

Every week, St. John’s Lutheran Church participates in Micah’s Backpack Program, which provides meals to 20 children who are in need of food assistance. Each week bags are filled with breakfast, lunch and dinner items for each child, ensuring nutritious meals for the entire weekend.

Items we are in need of

Single serve…

  • Fruit Pudding
  • Canned Chicken
  • Cereal
  • Vegetables
  • Canned Tuna
  • Crackers

We have an ongoing weekly need for the following food item:

40 Breakfast items

  • Oatmeal in single serve packets
  • Single serve cereal bowls,
  • single serve cereal bars

80 Lunch, Dinner

  • 7.5 oz. microwave meals (Chef Boyardee, Tuna fish, canned tomato or chicken noodle soup)
  • Single serve macaroni and cheese
  • Single serve vegetable cans (Corn and Green Beans)

40 Snack items

  • Granola or breakfast bars (Nutrigrain, Applesauce or Fruit cups)
  • Cracker or Snacks packages in single serve

40 Drink items

  • 100% juice boxes

40 Fresh Fruit items

  • Oranges or Apples

Monetary donations are also gladly accepted — please make your check payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church with “Micah’s Backpack” on the memo line.

We also need volunteers


Many families struggle to eat healthy meals and snacks everyday. Micah’s Backpack, a free ministry of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, Virginia helps families eat more healthy meals and snacks through their local elementary school.

How Micah’s Backpack Works

Each Friday afternoon elementary school children receive a backpack of healthy food and snacks. On Monday the child returns the empty backpack to their school nurse to be restocked with food for the following Friday. Micah’s Backpack may include the following items: cereal, breakfast bars, oatmeal, juice, tuna kits, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter crackers, soup, apple sauce, fruit cups, ravioli, vegetables, milk, and other nutritious food.

Who Can Participate?

Micah’s Backpack will work with families at all elementary schools in Washington County. Low income families should contact their elementary school principal to find out if they qualify for the program. Program participation will be kept as confidential as possible. A parent or guardian must return a signed permission form for their child to participate. This form is available from their elementary school principal.

News & Events:

WCPS Planning for Micah’s Backpack in All Elementary Schools; Community Partners Working to Fight Hunger

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