Backpack Program

We appreciate the support of the Lafayette Kiwanis Foundation! The West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation was recently awarded a grant from Kiwanis for $1,000, which will be used to supply food and backpacks for students in the West Lafayette Backpack Program for part of the 2015 spring semester.

Thank you to the Happy Hollow Student Council for their generous $2,000 donation to the Backpack Program! These amazing students are making a direct impact in the lives of their peers. happy hollow student council donation

Thank you to the Bob Rohrman Auto Group for their donation of $2,000 in honor of Bob Rohrman. These funds will be used toward the West Lafayette Backpack Program to provide weekly backpacks of food to students enrolled in the program.

We appreciate the support of local businesses like the Merou Grotto! The Grotto recently hosted a Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance, which a portion of the proceeds benefiting the West Lafayette Backpack Program. Visit to find out more about this venue and organization.

We Take Care of Our Community

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The West Lafayette Backpack Program operates in partnership with Food Finders Food Bank in order to offer this essential program to our schools. The cost of one backpack of food for one week is about $6.00. Food Finders absorbs about $1.00 of that cost for every school system they serve. The remaining $5.00 must be covered by donations and outside grants from our community. Because the West Lafayette Schools do not receive financial support from Food Finders for the program, the Backpack Program relies solely on your donations and grants to keep this program going.

The West Lafayette Backpack Program has been blessed by generous donors, and time and again, our donors help to feed every student who qualifies for free and reduced lunch, per federal guidelines, in our school system. Additionally, through the generosity of our donors, our volunteers are able to pack additional nutritious snacks, such as apples, and we are also able to provide food for the whole family, including pasta and sauce, meal essentials, and pies for the holiday season.

Here are a few other statistics about the West Lafayette Backpack Program.

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  • Last year, Backpack Program volunteers packed food for about 55 families, and now we have around 80 families to serve.
  • This means that the needs of students in our program have increased by over 40% since last year.
  • This year, almost 15% of WLCSC students qualify for the Backpack Program.
  • $225.00 supports one family for the entire school year with a backpack of food each week.
  • Thank you to our 50+ volunteers who give their time and efforts to make the Backpack Program successful in West Lafayette Schools.

If you would like to donate to the Backpack Program, please click on the button at the top of this page. Or, please send a check (payable to West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation) with a note in the memo line designating your gift for “Backpack.” Checks can be mailed to:

Attn: Lindsay Walls
1130 N. Salisbury St.
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Our amazing volunteer Backpack Program Coordinators! (left to right) Rachel Shook, Lisa MacDonald, and Cathy Kastens


Visit the Food Finders website to learn more about the Backpack Program.

To learn more about how the West Lafayette Backpack Program is meeting the increasing needs of our students, read the article in the Lafayette Journal and Courier from December 2014.

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