Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids started in March 2015 when Sandie Nagel packed 18 backpacks of food in her dining room. It quickly expanded and moved to The Chimes in Mt. Washington where it provided job training to Chimes’ clients. The organization moved to its current home at 1505 Bedford Ave., in 2017, where it was able to operate rent-free for two years, but now must begin paying rent.
The Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids mission is to combat hunger among school children in Baltimore City. During the 2017-18 school year, the organization packed more than 11,000 bags of food and delivered them to 15 Baltimore City schools.
By June 2019, the all-volunteer organization was delivering approximately 500 bags weekly. Each backpack contains enough food to feed four people six meals each, supplying hundreds of thousands of meals each year. Some of the schools that were served this year include: Barclay Elementary School, Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School, Govans Elementary School, Pimlico Elementary/Middle School and Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School.
Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids 3rd Annual For Our Chefs event takes place November 4, 2019, at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville. The event will honor Dorothy “Dot” Rosenberg as Humanitarian of the Year and will include 25 of Baltimore’s top restaurants and caterers, plus wine, beer, music and valet parking. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, go to weekendbackpacks.org or mail a check to Weekend Backpacks, P.O. Box 21486, Baltimore, Md., 21282.