About Backpack Brigade
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 Thursday 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 in over 30 elementary and K-8 schools, from North Seattle to Renton.
Contact us if you are interested in receiving meals for your child at one of these locations
Nichelle felt the call to start the program after being moved by the documentary "A Place at the Table". She and several volunteers started by delivering eight bags to a local school and since then have grown the program into what it is now. She has always worked for the benefit of children and always at non-profit. She has five daughters, runs a farm, and loves books and animals.
Sara Call is a teacher in Seattle Public Schools and has been working with students from diverse backgrounds for over 20 years.
Aga Scheurich was introduced to Nichelle and Backpack Brigade through her employer, Homestreet Bank, in 2014. Shortly after, inspired by the organization’s involvement in the local community, she and her colleagues started delivering bags of food to local schools. Aga was born in Poland and moved to Seattle in 2011. She received her MA in International Relations from Wroclaw University of Economics in Poland and has since worked in the marketing and banking fields. In her free time she enjoys taking long walks, traveling and reading.
Mike has been helping Backpack Brigade since its early days based out of the YWCA East Cherry location in Seattle. Mike enjoys supporting Nichelle and the BB team as it makes a difference in as many kids’ lives as possible.
Professionally, Mike was with Microsoft until January 2020, having spent almost 20 years in a variety of roles. Most recently, he built & ran the finance & business development teams in Turn 10 Studios, part of Xbox, through a period of substantial business & franchise growth. Among his previous Microsoft roles, Mike worked in Business Development in Microsoft Dynamics, and was a instrumental player in the founding team of Microsoft Capital in the early 2000s. Prior to Microsoft, Mike enjoyed a long career in banking, with his most recent positions including serving as President of UPS Capital Global Trade Finance and, before that, as Vice President of a BankAmerica portfolio company in New Delhi, India. Mike’s education is in Finance, with a BA in Finance from Florida Atlantic University, and he grew up in Vienna, Austria and Spring Valley, NY.
On the personal side, Mike lives in Seattle with his wife Barbara, and travels extensively. Personal pursuits include open water endurance swimming, bicycling, and writing.
Abbee Hilton grew up volunteering for her mom’s projects, and that has never stopped. She is passionate about children’s rights, and Backpack Brigades mission to feed hungry children. She is getting her masters in health administration with a focus on finance, and currently works in financial investments. She loves to travel, read, and has seen every movie made (almost). Welcome our new board secretary!
Lisa was first introduced to Backpack Brigade through her employer, HomeStreet Bank, in 2016. Lisa started out as a volunteer driver, delivering bags of food weekly. Lisa was born in Canada and moved to Seattle in 2011. Professionally, Lisa has been working in the banking industry for more than fifteen years. She loves movies, music, and going for walks.
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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We are looking for a fundraiser to join our board. The main role and responsibilities are to provide leadership, financial support, and connection to donors and potential donors. The ideal candidate needs to be prepared to effectively pursue the fundraising goals the board establishes. Click below to contact us to apply.
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We are looking for a lawyer to join our board. As a member of Backpack Brigade, you will serve as a liaison between the board of directors and the rest of the organization. You will apply and offer specialized legal knowledge, skills, and perspectives. Click below to contact us to apply.