Floyd County School Children’s Weekend Food Backpack Program

Supported by the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser and donations, the program provides food to children for the weekend.

Volunteers purchase healthy food items that are easy to prepare but are filling. Child-friendly, healthy food items -a fruit cup, applesauce, raisins, macaroni and cheese, breakfast bars, fruit drink, and oatmeal – are included. The goal is to provide two days’ worth of food.  Food is discreetly distributed to children at school on Fridays.

The program is called the Backpack Program because initially food was placed in backpacks. Now it is placed in Ziploc bags and placed discreetly in the children’s own backpacks.

Children in Head Start through high school are eligible for the program.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.  The program is directed toward children receiving free or reduced price meals at the school, however, families are not denied if they apply.

Download the application: NRCA Floyd Back Pack Application 2017-18

Return completed application to child’s school or
NRCA Floyd Area Office
120 Epperly Mill Rd, SW, Floyd, VA
Monday through Friday
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Phone (540) 745-2102 Fax (540) 745-2106


Empty Bowls

The Floyd County Back Pack Program is supported by local contributions and the annual Empty Bowls fund raising event.  Since the program’s inception in 2007, the Empty Bowls Planning Committee of local residents has sponsored this

Volunteer Sarah Getgood Kirby (L) and local artist Dane Elder at the 2016 Empty Bowls fund raising event.

spring event. Since its inception, the Empty Bowls event has raised $76,411.