Backpack Buddies

Serving Nodaway County since 1999

Backpack Buddies is a supplemental weekend feeding program.  Children who qualify for free/reduced lunches receive a "backpack" of food at the school each Friday.  Children are provided with a healthy breakfast, lunch and a snack each weekend during the school year, including extending breaks.  Children will receive food based on four rotating menus that are offered throughout the year.

971 S. MAIN

Maryville MO 64468


The Ministry Center provides Backpack Buddies meals to 288 children in Nodaway County.

The Ministry Center

Families qualify if they are on free/reduced lunches, but they must still apply for this program at the beginning of the school year.  

To learn more about this program, contact your local school.

The following elementary schools participate in the program:

North Nodaway

Northeast Nodaway

West Nodaway


South Nodaway

Jefferson C-123


The Learning Center