Backpacks for Breaks

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City is proud to continue its long-standing partnership with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) through the creation of the Backpacks for Breaks program. This service initiative aims to eliminate food insecurity in our community by providing children with nutritious meals during school breaks when free and reduced lunch programs are not in operation.

In December 2020, the Kiwanis club will provide 150 local children with backpacks filled with 33 meals and healthy snacks for the 11-day Winter Break. That is a total of 4,950 meals. The club plans to replicate the project in April 2021 when it provides an additional 150 local children with backpacks filled with 15 meals and healthy snacks for the five-day Spring Break. That is a total of 2,250 additional meals.

7,200 meals. 300 backpacks. 300 children. 30 members. One Kiwanis club.

What is missing? YOU! Join us in eliminating food insecurity for children in our community!

Take part in our Backpacks for Breaks 20x$21 Fundraising Challenge. A donation of $21 provides one full week of meals for a child. That is three meals a day for seven days – all for $21. Your financial support is critical to the success of this project. Want to help us make a difference in combating food insecurity?

To make a contribution to Backpacks for Breaks via PayPal, please:

When you make your donation, please indicate your name and contact information in the comments section so that we are able to thank you for your donation and provide an impact report when the project is completed.

If you wish to send a donation via check, please make it payable to: Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City. Please note Backpacks for Breaks on the memo line. Checks may be mailed to our club at this address:

Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City
P.O. Box 788
Ellicott City, MD  21041

Thank you to all of the generous donors who have helped to make the Backpacks for Breaks program a reality. Your financial contributions are making a difference in the lives of children in Howard County as our club aims to eliminate food insecurity locally. Special thanks to the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation for naming our club the recipient of a generous matching grant. Every donation we receive from you helps us to secure additional funding to feed children in our community.

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City was chartered in 1940 and has served the citizens of Howard County for 80 years. Backpacks for Breaks was launched in December 2019 when the Kiwanis club provided 48 backpacks for elementary school students in Columbia. Each backpack was filled with 30 meals (10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners, and snacks) for the 10-day Winter Break. That was a total of 1,440 meals. The club planned to replicate the effort in April 2020, but plans were changed due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In July and August 2020, club members rallied together to provide 560 total meals each week to 80 children from 20 underserved families in Columbia. In total, 2800 meals were provided over the course of five weeks.