About Backpack Brigade

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Our Story

Backpack Brigade was founded in 2014, when volunteers were surprised to learn that a significant number of Seattle school children face hunger each weekend. Many displaced students rely solely on the free breakfasts and lunches they receive at school, so weekends and breaks leave them without a reliable source of food. 

Now, every Friday during the school year, our volunteers pack bags of nutritious, easy-to-eat food and drop them at area K-8 schools, where they are distributed to students in need. In addition, boxes of healthy snacks are delivered to area high schools for hungry older teens. Powered by volunteers and strengthened through donations and sponsors, Backpack Brigade aims to provide better food to more of Seattle’s hungry children each weekend.

We are proud to be a recognized and licensed 501(c)(3) charitable organization, tax ID 47-4086877

Teachers are saying

"Rarely am I able to hand families something tangible that can effect immediate change. Handing out the backpacks of food does just that. It has become something to look forward to for many students. We are incredibly lucky to have Nichelle and the Y supporting our community!"

The Schools We Serve

We regularly feed kids from in over 26 elementary and K-8 schools, from North Seattle to South.

Contact us if you are interested in receiving meals for your child at one of these locations

Special Covid-19 Meal Service

During the coronavirus pandemic we are supporting the Seattle Public Schools' plan for providing student meals, including meal delivery at all of their 26 distribution sites.  For full details click here.

Our Board

Nichelle Hilton

Executive Director

Sara Call

Vice President

Aga Scheurich

Board Member

Mike Humphreys


Abbee Hilton


Lisa Yanone

Board Member

Join Us!

We are looking for amazing people like YOU to join our board and help us fight child hunger in Seattle. Contact us to apply.


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501(c)(3) ID# 47-4086877

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