United Food Bank in Mesa is seeking donations from Valley kids who are ready to retire their “gently loved” backpacks. The drive, which will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 27, is a part of the “Backpack Program” that provides weekend meals for underprivileged children every Friday by packing food items discreetly into backpacks.
The initiative recently received a grant from the Halle Family Foundation to expand the program, so more backpacks are needed. Children who donate their backpacks on Friday will receive a certificate from United Food bank, along with a free ice cream sundae.
Donations will be accepted at the food bank’s facility at 358 E Javelina Ave. in Mesa. — Sadie Smeck