Healthy Harvest Food Bank is pleased to announce the Backpack Buddy Program, a weekend food program for children most at-risk for hunger has expanded to serve 150 children in Northumberland County public schools. The program began in 2016 serving 22 children at the elementary school and expanded again in 2018 to the Middle and High Schools, serving a total of 50 children. During the summer session in 2019 the food bank provided snacks to students in summer school.  In the current school year, the program has grown and is now serving 150 students throughout the school system.

Synergy happens when two organizations, individuals or groups work together to produce a greater effect that the sum of their separate effects. The backpack buddy program is a wonderful example of the concept. What better way to combine efforts than to ensure no child goes hungry?

“We are thrilled with the rate this program has grown in Northumberland County,” said Vice President and Development Director, Cindy Balderson. “The program’s success would not be possible without the generosity of the local community and the hard work of dedicated volunteers,” she said.

Through the Backpack Buddies program, Healthy Harvest Food Bank provides students six “child friendly” meals each Friday for the weekend.  Expansion is necessary to reach more of those children who struggle with food insecurity. “The need is still great, and we can continue to do more to ensure every struggling child in Northumberland County has enough to eat,” said Balderson.

If you would like to help with this program, checks can be made payable to Healthy Harvest Food Bank and mailed to P.O. Box 735, Warsaw, VA 22572. Please designate Northumberland Backpack Buddies on the memo line. You can also give online at Be sure to include under special instructions designation to the Northumberland Backpack Buddies program.