Back Pack Buddies

Wal-Mart Gives Back

Wal-Mart of Mineral Wells last week gave Back Pack Buddies a $2,500 community grant that will provide two weekends’ worth of snacks for the approximately 300 local students being served each week. Pictured in back are store manager Terry Butler, left, and James Bates, co-manager. Standing in front, from left, are Back Pack Buddies representatives Gretta Lister, Lynn Harris and Executive Director Judy Jackson, and store customer service representative Kim Lockhart.


Mineral Wells Idol 2016

Plans are under way for our second Mineral Wells Idol contest, with all proceeds benefitting Back Pack Buddies. We are looking for sponsors to help make this year's event better than last year's very successful and fun Idol contest. Check out the form and contact us if you are interested in being part of Mineral Wells Idol 2016, and helping provide meals for hundreds of local students at risk having nothing, or too little, to eat over the weekend during the school year.

Mineral Wells Idol 2016 Registration Form

Click this link to registar as a contestant in this year's Mineral Wells Idol.



Back Pack Buddies began during the 2010-11 school year as a mission to be sure no child goes without food, or too little to eat, over the weekend.

Unfortunately, the need for such a program is great. In 2015, the program is serving more than 180 children each week. Palo Pinto County has one of the lowest per capita incomes per household in Texas, and in Mineral Wells ISD, 65 percent of the students are on free or reduced-price meal plans.

Children who go without enough nutritious food to eat lack energy, focus and are developmentally stunted not only mentally, but physically.

It costs about $3 per child, per week, to provide them with food for over the weekend. That means it costs the program about $600 per week to operate, or about $30,000 per year, depending on the number of children served. The food provided is child-friendly, non-perishable and easy to consume.

Volunteers assemble the food bags, and they are delivered each week to local schools by Mineral Wells police officers and fire/EMS personnel.

Back Pack Buddies is not just a First United Methodist Church mission, but a community-wide project that is enjoying growing support from residents who see and understand the need, and share the compassion for helping and providing for these at-risk children.

The good news is you can help by volunteering or donating. For just $12 a month, you can provide weekend meals for one child.

Send your tax-deductible donation to:

Back Pack Buddies

P.O. Box 1466

Mineral Wells, TX 76068

We plan to soon offer a way for online donations using PayPal.

For more information, or to get involved by helping raise funds or volunteering to serve, email or visit the mission's Facebook page.