The Backpack Program Needs Your Help

Food Donations Needed for the Backpack Program!

Did you know that Rieke is the only Portland public school offering a backpack program based on donations from our families for our families? Donations of non-perishable food items are collected throughout the week and sent home in backpacks every Friday. This year we are supporting 13 Rieke families, and we need your help now to make the program a success. 

How Can You Help?

There are many ways to donate—

  • Bring food in and put it in the trolley cart outside the office.

  • Make a check payable to Rieke PTA and designate “backpack program” on the note line. 

  • Donate gift cards in an envelope marked “backpack program.

Monetary and gift card donations allow us to fill in where we have donation gaps and are very helpful! Please drop them off at the office.

Food In High Demand

  • Mac & Cheese

  • Canned tuna

  • Canned chicken

  • Pasta

  • Pasta sauce 

  • Instant oatmeal (packets only)

  • Canned beas

  • Canned vegetables

  • Chili/Spaghetti O’s 

  • Bisquick/Pancake mix

  • Canned soup

  • Canned fruit/Fruit cups

  • Peanut butter

  • Rice/Pilaf mixes/Hamburger Helper

  • Snacks—Anything your kid likes! These yummy treats encourage the children to bring the backpacks home. Ideas include granola bars, pudding, fruit leathers, snack bars, fruit chews, and small bags of chips.

 This program depends on the generous support of people like you, and we thank you for it!