Our History

Backpack Society was started in 2019 with a mission to alleviate hunger among schoolchildren by providing supplemental nutrition on the weekends and during school breaks that they otherwise would go without.


Research proves that hunger in school children leads to poor school performance, anxiety, nervousness, and a lowered amount of social interaction among their peers. A program that fills the gap of meals that are not provided on the weekend could potentially lessen these negative problems and sustain healthy developmental growth. 

Board of Directors

June Everett - Founder/President

Laurel Gebhard - Vice President

Leslie Mezger - Secretary

Juli Ettwein - Treasurer

Heidi Budreau

Our Team

Lauren Rhodes - Social Media Manager

Manisha Kendall - Bookkeeper

Nikki Shubert - Community Outreach Manager

Laura Askins - Lead Grant Writer

Shelley Fontenot - Grant Writer

Amy Watson - Blog Writer

Megan Albrecht - Volunteer Coordinator