Adult guardian and boy walk together hand in hand. Boy is looking back over his shoulder into the viewer’s eyes.Image reads Backpack Drive for kids in your community. Donations accepted now through May thirty first.

Backpack Drive

Let’s give kids what they need to succeed

During May, all First Financial branches are collecting food, school supplies and funds to help fill backpacks for local kids in your community. The drive will benefit community organizations serving food-insecure children and those providing school supplies to help children succeed in the classroom. Please scroll down to see items branches in your county collecting, the name of the organization that will receive the donations and what types of donations needed most. Remember, cash is always welcome because it allows each organization to buy exactly what they need.


All food items must be non-perishable and individually packaged
Backpack programs appreciate individually packaged bags, bowls, boxes, cans, cups, packets, sleeves, etc., unless otherwise specified in the needs list of a specific program. This allows creation of individual meals and snacks that are easy and light to carry in a child’s backpack.


All canned items must be pop-tops only
A young child must be able to open packages without adult assistance or utensils such as can openers or scissors. Remember that a microwave may not be available. Gluten-free items are needed and welcome. Item variations and generics are accepted. Name brand foods are used for reference only.
 

Some school systems and teachers require brand specific supplies for student use in the classroom
Generic brands are welcome when brand-specific products are not noted.
 

Food Programs

Clicking on your county will navigate directly to the food program needs in your area.

Champaign County, ILClark County, ILClay County, INColes County, ILCrawford County, ILFranklin County, IL • Greene County, INKnox County, INLawrence County, ILLivingston County, ILParke County, INMcLean County, ILSullivan County, INVanderberg County, INVermilion County, ILVermillion County, INVigo County, IN

 

School Supply Programs

Clicking on your county will navigate directly to the school supply program needs in your area.

Daviess County, INGibson County, INJasper County, ILJeffersonville County, ILMarion County, ILPutnam County, INRichland County, ILVermilion County, ILWayne County, IN



Thank you for supporting these amazing programs by contributing. You are helping make a difference in the lives of children in your community!
 



Food Programs




Champaign County, IL
Lincoln Trail Elementary

  • Cereal
  • Breakfast bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Applesauce
  • Snack crackers
  • Pasta meals with meat sauce
  • Ramen noodles
  • Mac and cheese



Clark County, IL
Blessings in a Backpack
Marshall Ministerial Alliance

  • Ramen noodles
  • Mac and cheese
  • Shelf-stable meals
  • Fruit cups
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Oatmeal
  • Cookies
  • Fruit bars
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Cookie/graham snack packs/cups



Clay County, IN
Clay County Youth Food Delivery Program
YMCA

  • Cereal bars
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks (vitamin C fortified)
  • Vienna sausage
  • Juice boxes or pouches (with real juice and Vitamin C)
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Peanut butter (individual Jif to Go, etc.)
  • Small jars of peanut butter
  • Large bagged cereals
  • Bottles of water (small)
  • Chips
  • Snack crackers
  • Sleeve Popsicles (Pop-Ice, Fla-vor-ice)
  • Sandwich bags
  • Snack bags
  • Fruit snacks
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce cups



Coles County, IL
Abundant Blessings

  • Applesauce
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Tuna (packets)
  • Pasta and sauce meals
  • Cereals
  • Mac and cheese
  • Breakfast bars
  • Peanut butter
  • Other non-perishables
  • Toothpaste with toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toilet paper
  • Etc.



Crawford County, IL
NOW (Nutrition on Wheels) Program
Robinson First United Methodist Church

  • Pop-Tarts
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal bars
  • Boxed cereal
  • Peanut butter (plastic only)
  • Hormel Compleats meals
  • Canned soups
  • Beef stew
  • Canned chili
  • Franks and beans
  • Canned pasta meats
  • Granola bars
  • Pudding cups
  • Applesauce cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Raisins
  • Graham crackers
  • Cheese crackers
  • Gummy snacks
  • Drink pouches (Capri Sun, etc.)



Franklin County, IL
Benton/West City Ministerial Alliance

  • Fruit cups
  • Pudding cups
  • Chips
  • Single flavored drink mixes
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable snacks
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Greene County, IN
Healthy Hearts Program

  • Ramen noodles (flat packs)
  • Soup cups
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Pudding cups
  • Jell-O cups
  • Cereal bars
  • Peanut butter (individual Jif to Go, etc.)
  • Canned pastas
  • Rice Krispie Teats
  • Tuna (packets)
  • Mac and cheese
  • Spaghetti and spaghetti sauce
  • Snack cakes
  • Chips
  • Raisins
  • Fruit cups
  • Fruit snacks



Knox County, IN
Backpacks of Love
Vermillion County School Corporation

  • Cereal
  • Cereal bars
  • Mac and cheese
  • Canned soups, stews, dumplings, etc.
  • Pasta meals with meat sauce
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits or fruit cups
  • Juice drink boxes
  • Applesauce
  • Jell-O cups
  • Granola bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Cookies
  • Hot chocolate
  • Any prepackaged non-perishable healthy snack



Lawrence County, IL
Fishes and Loaves

  • Cereal bars
  • Cereal
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Canned pastas
  • Canned pasta meats
  • Rice and chicken
  • Beefaroni
  • Ravioli
  • ABC's and 123's
  • Chili
  • Vienna sausages
  • Peanut butter (16 oz)
  • Canned soups (individual servings unnecessary)
  • Granola bars
  • Applesauce



Livingston County, IL
First United Methodist Church
 

Any non-perishable single-serve food items




McLean County, IL
El Paso/Gridley Grade School

  • Cereal
  • Breakfast bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Applesauce
  • Snack crackers
  • Pasta meals with meat sauce
  • Ramen noodles (flat packets)
  • Mac and cheese
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Canned soups
  • Canned fruit
  • Fruit cups



Parke County, IN
Rockville Buddy Bags Program

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Swiss Miss hot cocoa
  • Ramen noodles (flat packs)
  • Canned pasta meats
  • Mac and cheese
  • Capri Sun style pouches or drink boxes
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Animal crackers
  • Cookies
  • Gummy fruit snacks
  • Slim Jims


Sullivan County, IN
Brown Baggers Program

  • Pasta meals with meat sauce
  • Ramen noodles (flat packs)
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce cups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Beanie Weenies
  • Beef stew
  • Chicken and dumplings
  • Soup
  • Peanut butter and/or cheese crackers
  • Cereal
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Granola bars
  • Cereal bars
  • Fruit cups/cans
  • Pudding cups
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Snack crackers/cookies
  • Fruit bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Fruit rollups
  • Squeeze fruits and vegetables
  • Juice boxes
  • Nuts
  • Tuna
  • Mac and cheese
  • Hormel Compleats meals
  • Slim Jims
  • Gluten-free items are needed and welcome



Vanderburgh County, IN
Weekend Backpack Food for Kids Program
(Partnership with Tri-State Food Pantry)

Prefer monetary donations




Vermilion County, IL
Danville School District 118

  • Cereal
  • Raisins
  • Mac and cheese
  • Granola bars
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Canned soups
  • Canned pastas
  • Canned fruit
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce cups or pouches
  • Snack crackers



Vermillion County, IN
North Vermillion Backpack Program
Cayuga Christian Church

  • Ramen noodles (flat packs)
  • Soup
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Pudding cups
  • Jell-O cups
  • Cereal bars
  • Peanut butter (individual Jif to Go, etc.)
  • Canned pastas
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Hot chocolate
  • Tuna (packets)
  • Mac and cheese
  • Spaghetti sauce and spaghetti
  • Snack cakes
  • Chips
  • Raisins
  • Fruit cups
  • Fruit snacks



Vigo County, IN
Vigo County School Corporation Backpack Program

  • Saltine crackers
  • Peanut butter (individual Jif to Go, etc.)
  • Jelly (packets)
  • Applesauce
  • Mac and cheese



School Supply Programs




Daviess County, IN
Bethel Mall Backpack Program

  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Back packs
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Rulers
  • Folders
  • Three-ring binders
  • Pencil bags
  • Art supply boxes
  • Highlighters
  • Calculators
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • T-shirts



Gibson County, IN
Tools for School
Salvation Army

  • Backpacks
  • Markers (Washable)
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Paper (loose leaf)
  • Binders (3-ring)
  • Pocket folders (with and without prongs)
  • Pens (black and blue ink)
  • Glue sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Boxes for supplies
  • Rulers
  • Scissors



Jasper County, IL
Operation Backpack

  • No. 2 Pencils (Ticonderoga brand)
  • One-inch three-ring view binders
  • Five-subject notebooks
  • 24-pack Crayola Crayons
  • Accordion folders (six and eight to ten pocket)
  • Book bags (no wheels)
  • Pens (brightly colored)
  • Cardstock (colored or white)
  • Children's Fiskars pointed scissors
  • Coffee filters
  • Colored pencils
  • Containers of antibacterial wipes
  • Elmer's glue (bottles)
  • Erasable pens (blue or black)
  • Eraser tops
  • Fiskars pointed scissors
  • Glitter (red, green, silver, and gold)
  • Glue sticks (package of four or more)
  • Highlighters (multicolored)
  • Large pink erasers
  • Lunch bags (white or brown)
  • Markers (8 Crayola Classic Color washable wide tip)
  • Masking tape (Scotch brand)
  • Expo dry-erase markers (multicolored, four pack)
  • Paper (loose-leaf wide rule)
  • Paper plates
  • Pencil pouches
  • Pencil sharpeners (handheld)
  • Plastic cups (clear)
  • Plastic pencil boxes
  • Pocket folders with brads
  • Red ink pens
  • Rulers (clear, centimeters/inch combo)
  • Scotch tape
  • Sharpies (black)
  • Spiral notebooks (single subject, wide lined)
  • Kleenex
  • Twistable colored pencils
  • Watercolor paints (Prang or Crayola brands)
  • Ziploc bags (sandwich, quart, and gallon)



Jefferson County, IL
United Way

  • Backpacks
  • Folders
  • Crayons
  • Paper (loose leaf)
  • Etc.



Marion County, IL
Hoyleton Ministries

  • Backpacks
  • Folders
  • Crayons
  • Paper (loose leaf)
  • Etc.



Putnam County, IN
Putnam County Youth Development Commission

  • Crayons (24-pack)
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil top erasers
  • Markers (10 pack)
  • Folders
  • Pens (blue or black ink)
  • Ruled index cards
  • Notebooks (College Ruled)



Richland County, IL
Fall Kids Mall

  • All school supplies welcome



Vermilion County, IL
Danville School District 118

  • Paper (loose leaf)
  • Folders
  • Crayons
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Clorox wipes
  • Dry erase markers



Wayne County, IL
First United Methodist Church

  • 24-count crayons
  • White school glue
  • Any other school supplies welcome

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