Kettering Backpack Program

Posted August 19, 2019 


Name of Non-Profit Organization *

Kettering Backpack Program

Today's Date: *

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Organization's website

EIN / 501(C)(3)Number *


What year did your organization receive it's non-profit status? *


Address *

PO Box 86
Dayton, Ohio 45409
United States

County *


Your Name *

Cheryl Shimmin

Your Title *

Kettering Backpack Treasurer

Your email address *

Your Phone Number

(937) 477-1918

Executive Director's Name *

Jacque Fisher

Executive Director's email address *

What is the mission of your organization?

The Kettering Backpack Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with one goal: to fight childhood hunger. The program discreetly provides at-risk students with a bag of food each Friday throughout the school year. This food helps to sustain the students' nutritional needs over the weekends when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. Our Mission Statement is: Empowering children and fighting hunger one backpack at a time. Our vision is one of "Empowering children and fighting hunger one backpack at a time."

Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? *

  • (3) Children
  • (8) Health
  • (9) Hunger

Any comments about your selections you would like to share with the student philanthropists?

More than 40% of school age children in Kettering qualify for the free/reduced lunch program (and most of those are free). The Kettering Backpack Program currently serves over 700 students in Kettering each week throughout the school year in 19 schools in Kettering. These schools include all Kettering elementary and middle schools as well as parochial schools. We have recently been blessed by the opportunity to expand our outreach to both Montgomery County Learning Centers, Youth Partial Hospitalization, Kettering Early Childhood Education Center, as well as open a food pantry inside of Fairmont High School.

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? *

Yes, Grades 9 – 12

List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web.

Kettering Backpack Program has many opportunities for high school students to volunteer! Various activities and events are held throughout the year that include tasks such as; assisting with donation drives, logging and stocking donations, packing bags for weekend delivery, stocking shelves, managing inventory, preparing school tubs for delivery, adding clean care items to bags twice a year, cleaning delivery tubs, annual fundraising events (ie. June Car Show, December Breakfast with Santa), assisting with milk pick-up and assisting with food pick-up every 4-5 weeks throughout the school year.

Volunteer coordinator

Heather Martin

Volunteer coordinator's email address

Volunteer coordinator's phone number

(937) 219-8267