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.

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

  • Chattanooga Valley Elementary
  • Chattanooga Valley Middle School
  • Cherokee Ridge Elementary
  • Chickamauga Elementary
  • Gilbert Elementary
  • Gordon Lee Middle School
  • 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. 

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the YMCA. For more information about group volunteering, click here. We encourage all volunteers to RSVP ahead of time so we can prepare to greet you when you arrive.