• back pack buddies  

    John W. Tolbert proudly joins Loudoun County in the Backpack Buddies Program


    Did you know that in Loudoun County alone, there are approximately 11,330 children that are food insecure?  Food insecure is "the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food."  Last school year, 1 in 6 Loudoun County school children qualified for free or reduced-price school lunches.  What happens to these children when they go home for the weekend?
    Backpack Buddies (BPB) is a program model created by Feeding America to provide food for the weekend to elementary school children who are in need.  Tolbert is currently providing food to 30 students at our school.  Each week we provide a bag filled with 6 meals and 2 snacks plus juice and shelf milk for the child to take home for the weekend. 



    Here are some ways you can help support this program:

    • By making a food contribution  (drop-off box located in the lobby at school)
    • By donating a grocery store gift card
    • By making a financial contribution (checks made payable to Tolbert Elementary with “Backpack Buddies” in the memo)

    Backpack Buddies Preferred Items

    Cups of ravioli, beefaroni or spaghetti

    Canned tuna or chicken

    Canned soup

    Canned vegetables

    Cheese/peanut butter crackers

    Easy macaroni and cheese

    Cereal (individual sized boxes)

    Instant oatmeal

    Granola or cereal bars

    Raisins, nuts, trail mix

    Fruit cups, pudding, applesauce

    Shelf milk (white or chocolate)

    100% Juice boxes

    Thank You! 
    By donating any of our option items you are supporting the Backpack Buddies program and helping to feed the hungry children in our community.  
    For more information, please contact the Backpack Buddies Team at bpbtolbert@yahoo.com