Brenden’s Friday Backpacks, Bringing Weekend Nourishment 

Volunteers from Brenden's Friday Backpacks

Brenden’s Friday Backpacks is an impressive local non-profit organization. The creation, implementation, and mission is the epitome of an itty-bitty idea making a real big impact. 

Check out these numbers:

? In 2011, one creative kid named Brenden had a real genius idea. He created an Eagle Scout project to feed hungry local children over the weekend.

?The mission and movement spread. Brenden’s Friday Backpacks now helps kiddos from early childhood, up to high school, in 60 local Jefferson County schools.The need is real. 

?In 2024, each and every Friday, they currently feed 1,764 children EACH WEEK with single-serve, non-perishable, kid-friendly foods for real weekend nourishment.

?The cost is real. Currently, in early 2024, the WEEKLY cost to feed this many hungry children is $10,429.17.

?The program is 100% run by non-paid volunteers. Their love is real.

Check out how you can help:

?Host a food drive

?Shop/donate/drop food off 

?Sort/pack “snack packs” on your own, with a group, and/or at their Arnold, MO location

?Deliver to schools


?Spread the word about this real need, kindly share this

It was such an honor to learn about this organization at a recent Twin City Area Optimist Club meeting.

Together, we brought in over 5,000 single-serve donations and had the most fun assembling 417 snack packs.

It was really impressive how each of our itty-bitty efforts created such a big impact.

This is a non-paid endorsement encouraging you to believe in your itty-bitty ideas and real efforts.

You just never know how big of an impact you can have on others, and within our community.

As always, thank you for sharing, connecting, and supporting our fantastic Festus-area.

Learn more about Brenden’s Friday Backpacks:

Brenden’s Friday Backpack


Local drop-off sites:

?Any school they deliver to

?Jefferson County YMCA-Festus

?New Hope Methodist Church-Arnold

?Joachim Plattin Ambulance District-1235 N Truman Blvd

?High Ridge Fire District-2842 High Ridge Blvd

?Taytro’s Bar and Bistro


Monetary donations are accepted:

?Mail to: 3259 Burning Tree Lane, Festus, MO 63028 


More about the incredible Twin City Area Optimist Club:

Twin City Area Optimist Club

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