Bobcat Backpacks Program

In January of 2016, increased need for weekend food was identified by Radford City Public School principals and guidance counselors. The Bobcat Backpacks Program was created as an autonomous program run by community members who were willing and able to dedicate the time and energy to running a successful program. At that time we served to 65 students throughout all Radford City Schools.

As of the 2016-17 school year, the number of students served has increased to 115+ students. The Bobcat Backpacks Program has been able to grow through the generosity of Radford City Schools, residents, businesses, grants, local churches, food drives, and Radford University.

Cost per week is about $700. Purchased food comes from the Radford Food Lion, which is able to sell their food to us at a reduced cost. Housed at the Presbyterian Church of Radford, volunteers bag meals for 115+ Radford City Schools students every week. Included are 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and snacks. We also provide food and snack pantries at Dalton Intermediate, Belle Heth, and Radford High Schools.

As a part of Radford University’s Inauguration of President Hemphill, RU raised food items for the Bobcat Backpacks Program on it’s “Day of Service” initiative. The entire campus worked toward this goal together and were thrilled to be a part of this effort.

Our goal is to obtain funding to not only continue our program, through grants and donations, but to increase the number of children served as well as the nutritional value of the food provided.


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Bobcat Backpacks 
Radford, VA
Radford City Schools Partners for Excellence 
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