Project Backpack

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Project Backpack

Our Mission: To stamp out hunger in area schools one student at a time.


In today’s difficult economic times, an increasing number of parents are finding it hard to provide sufficient food for their families. Free or reduced cost breakfast and lunches at schools have helped relieve parents of part of this economic burden, but many children still go hungry during their weekends away from school. Project Backpack was launched in June, 2010, to help these children in need.


Currently, Project Backpack provides food for hungry students in 11 schools throughout five school districts: Waupaca, Weyauwega/Fremont, Iola/Scandinavia, Amherst, and Manawa. Guidance Counselors or Teachers provide sign-up forms to students who qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program.


Our vision for Project Backpack is to make this a sustainable program for years to come – not only in the schools we are currently assisting-but also eventually in the schools of surrounding communities.

For more information contact Jacci Peterson: 715-800-8401 –

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Donations to Project Backpack

are always appreciated.

You can make a single donation or a reoccurring donation.

Sponsor as many Backpacks per week/month/year as the Holy Spirit has moved you to do so.

$8 per week per student / $35 per month per student / $315 per year per student

Project Backpack provides food for an average of 175 students per week in 5 school districts within the Great Waupaca Area.

Remember to change the Fund to Project Backpack

Thank you for helping us on Our Mission:

To stamp out hunger in area schools one student at a time


Jacci Peterson

Project Backpack Coordinator

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2021 / 2022 School Year Monetary and In-kind Donors


Platinum ($3,000 or more)

Victor & Christine Anthony Family Foundation

Waupaca Area Community Foundation

Waupaca Community Chest

Waupaca Foundry


Gold ($2,000 to $2,999)

Allan & Jodi Fox Family Foundation

Hillshire/Tyson Foods

Lakes WDUX

The Lakes Church


Silver ($1,000 to $1,999)

Community First Credit Union

Faulks Bros. Construction

Krause Foundation

Manawa Rural Fire Department

Manawa School District

Northland Lutheran Church Iola

Our Saviors Lutheran Church Iola

Parfreyville United Methodist Church

Re/Max Lyons Real Estate

Rotary Club of Waupaca

Water Right Group


Bronze ($500 to $999)

Ben & Amy Durfee

Carol Falk

Farmer’s State Bank

First Lutheran Endowment Fund Poy Sippi

Greta Hammond

Johnson Insurance


Honorable Mention $300 to $499

Amherst Family Foods

Clear Water Harbor Bar & Grill

Filling Station

Graziano Gardens, LLC

Howard & Roberta Cook

Team Outfitters