The Backpack Blessings program provides nutritious, non-perishable food items to students each Friday to reduce weekend hunger and help prepare for Monday's learning in the classroom. Supported through a partnership with schools, volunteers, grants and individual donors, Backpack Blessings serves children throughout each school year.

Support Backpack Blessings

Currently, the Backpack Blessings program serves students at the following Walker County School locations:

  • Chattanooga Valley Elementary
  • Chattanooga Valley Middle School - New for 2016-17!
  • Cherokee Ridge Elementary
  • Gilbert Elementary
  • LaFayette Middle School
  • Naomi Elementary
  • North LaFayette Elementary
  • Rossville Middle School
  • Saddle Ridge Elementary and Middle

Volunteers meet to pack meal bags on the scheduled Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Walker County Advancing Education Center. Unloading of the truck and preparation begins at 5 p.m. Enter the building at the lower parking lot. Please click the full schedule below.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the YMCA. We encourage all volunteers to RSVP ahead of time so we can prepare to greet you when you arrive.


For information about volunteering as a group, click here.