The H.O.P.E Backpack Program

DateYear-Round, Deliver Weekly
EligibilityAny 3–18-year-old

A “Backpack” is a grocery bag filled with food for the weekend, providing a total of seven meals. There are no applications, identification documents, or proof of income needed for youth to participate in this program.


Sample Backpack Menu:  

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt 
  • Hormel Meals
  • Raviolis
  • Cup O Noodles
  • Chicken Salad/Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Trail Mix
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Goldfish
  • Jello

School-In Session

The Hope Back Program distributes packs weekly to all schools in the Stanwood Camano School District, including ECEAP. Packs are distributed by school staff and select bus drivers. Students are allowed to take extra packs for siblings if needed.


Summer: June – August

The Hope Backpack Program will distribute packs weekly at the following locations:

1. Stanwood Camano Food Bank

   a. Members can pick up packs on distribution days once a week

      i. Wednesdays 10am-3pm

      ii. Saturday 10am-2pm

2. Elger Bay Grocery Store – Any youth can receive packs.

3. YMCA Summer Programs – Youth enrolled can receive packs.

4. Summer ECEAP Program – Youth enrolled can receive packs.


Due to the generosity and sponsorship of Albertson’s Nourishing Neighbors Foundation, Arrowhead Ranch, Windermere, & Realty One Group, we have also set up food pantries in neighborhoods where children are at risk for suffering food insecurity. Children can walk or bike up to these pantries and grab food items and weekly packs at any time.

  • 1430 Shuksan Drive, Camano Island, WA 98282
  • 28202 68th Ave NW, Stanwood, WA 98292
  • 8223 276th Place NW, Stanwood, WA 98292
  • Twin City Elementary, 26211 72nd Ave NW, Stanwood, WA 98292

Please do not leave food donations at the pantries. All food donations should be brought to the Stanwood Camano Food Bank.


For more information, please contact our Program Coordinator:


If you would like to donate to the HOPE Backpack Program, please click on the Donate link at the top of the screen, or mail a check to Stanwood Camano Food Bank, PO Box 1285, Stanwood, WA 98292. We appreciate all our donors’ contributions!