Ready for a magical night of music, food, and surprises? Join Backpack Friends on Tuesday, February 13 for their Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball!
Enjoy a delicious Cajun dinner, live music, contests, raffle with exquisite prizes, a silent auction, and more.
With 100% of proceeds benefit children living in food insecurity in Central Texas.
Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm
Old Settlers Association of Williamson County (WCOSA)
3300 E Palm Valley Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78665
Get your tickets and raffle tickets now. Sponsor opportunities also available. Details here.
About Backpack Friends
Marí, a sophmore in high school, passed out one Monday morning in her English class. She wasn’t contagious. She wasn’t sick. She was a ‘couch surfer’ who hadn’t had anything to eat all weekend. When I got wind of what happened I told my wife, Heather, about it. Her school was just a few blocks away and we felt like we needed to do something.
I learned that 1 out of 4 kids in Texas doesn’t have regular access to food when away from their school campus (just like Marí). So we began a pilot project in the area. We banded together with the school district and a handful of churches. Our particular group began feeding 12 elementary students at one campus and, within a couple of years, grew into almost 90 kids across 4 campuses.
In 2018, we launched the nonprofit Backpack Friends (501c3) so we could grow the program and feed more kids across central Texas. As of today, we’ve provided almost 100,000 weekend food kits to children across Travis, Williamson and Burnet counties. It only costs $5 to feed a child for the entire weekend. And with fundraisers and donations, our program is completely anonymous and completely free to any student who might be in need.
Every Monday night we host packing parties — think of Beyoncè and Costco having a baby and throwing a rave — where volunteers assemble food kits for students across the area. And every Thursday our army of volunteers delivers to local school campuses.
Every Friday during the school year, students can discreetly and anonymously pick up weekend food and slip it into their backpack before leaving campus.
We’ve always believed that leadership isn’t about being in charge… it’s about caring for those in your charge. And our Backpack Friends team live that out every day. Whether someone donates $20/mo, volunteers in the warehouse, or helps connect our organization to corporate sponsorships, everyone can be a hero to a child in need. Hunger is complicated. But feeding a child isn’t.
There are several ways to volunteer with Backpack Friends: