The Goal:

To try and provide a full weekend of meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner for Saturday & Sunday) for local elementary school students in Eagle County Schools. Students who participate in this program are in the Federal lunch program (free/reduced lunch).  The majority of the kids feed are at very high risk of not having enough food for the weekend.  Most of the kids live below the poverty line. The Backpack program was a pilot program for one month at Avon Elementary School in 2009 (10 kids/week for 5 weeks), and it was a huge success. In the end, we fed 50 kids, which was equivalent to 300 meals.

 How it works:

 On the Tuesday before the weekend, backpacks in participating schools are stuffed with non-perishable food items.The food that goes into the backpacks is child-friendly, nutritious and easy to prepare, if not already prepared.The backpacks are then given to each school’s coordinator (i.e. teacher or counsellor) who then distributes them to the children before they leave on Friday. The backpacks are then returned to the coordinator by the following Tuesday, and the process starts all over again. The child who receives the backpack is known only to the coordinator at the school. A typical backpack includes enough food for 3 meals on Saturday and 3 meals on Sunday. Food provisions depend upon what is available at the Food Bank.Typical backpack items include: cereal bars, entrees, vegetables,  milk (shelf-stable 2%), juice and snacks.

 How can I help?

 If you would like to sponsor a child but would like to opt out of going shopping, the cost for one month is (approximately) $40.00 and for one school year is (approximately) $300.00. Our mailing address is: Food Rescue Express, Box 2874, Edwards, CO 81632. We are a non-profit organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501c-3 of the Internal Revenue. All donations are tax deductible.



We want to thank the Vail ski Patrol who in addition to keeping us safe on the slopes volunteer their time by helping at food drives, loading and delivering backpacks to schools in eagle County.

Working with Eagle County Schools Food Rescue Express services ten schools out of eighteen schools by providing nutritional assistance to at risk students. Food Rescue Express provides backpacks filled with nutritious food to provide nutritional assistance over the weekend when students do not have access to other school bases nutritional assistance programs like free or reduced price lunch.

The need is great and we have grown over the last six years we have fed:

May, 2009 we started the pilot program we fed 50 students by providing 300 meals.

September, 2009 - May, 2010 - 2 schools we fed 434 students by providing 2604 meals.

September, 2010 - May, 2011 - 6 schools we fed 1630 students by providing 9780 meals.

September, 2011 - May, 2012 - 6 schools we fed 1614 students by providing 9684 meals.

September, 2012 - May, 2013 - 8 schools we fed 1711 students by providing 10, 266 meals.

September, 2013 – May 2014 - 10 schools we feed 2200 students by providing 13,200 meals.

September, 2014 - May 2015 - 11 schools we fed 2924

students by providing 17,544 meals.

September, 2015 - May 2016 - 9 schools, we fed 2506 kids

by providing 15036 meals.

September, 2016 - May, 2017 - 9 schools, we

fed 1766 students by providing 10,596 meals