BPB Supporters


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.

Palo Pinto County Farm Bureau donates to Back Pack Buddies

Palo Pinto County Farm Bureau recently provided a donation to Back Pack Buddies and Director Judy Jackson from proceeds raised through a Food Connection free hamburgers event at the Expo Center where donations were accepted. Also pictured are Farm Bureau directors Richard Singleton, Bill Hinkson, Gary Glover, Ernie Herron and Greg Gilbert and Farm Bureau agency manager Brandon Sims. In all, $2,100 in donations were donated to four area non-profits. Thank you, Palo Pinto County Farm Bureau, for supporting Back Pack Buddies.

Rotary Club Backs BPB

Rotary Club of Mineral Wells is a proud backer of Back Pack Buddies, the local non-profit organization that provides food on Fridays to students to eat over a weekend so that they have enough – or in extreme cases something – to eat before returning to school on Monday. Pictured is Rotary Club president Mary Braddock, right, presenting a check to Back Pack Buddies organizer and lead volunteer Judy Jackson. Thank you Rotary!

Zonta Club

Thank you to Zonta Club of Mineral Wells. Thank you for your hospitality last week when you invited me to speak about Back Pack Buddies. Your generous donation of the revenue from Bowls of Love will be a great help in our effort to eliminate childhood hunger in our community. We sincerely appreciate your support.

Palo Pinto General Hospital

A great big thank you goes to the PPGH's Transformer OASIS team for hosting aMardi Gras Soup & Chili cook off to benefit Back Back Buddies. There were lot of good cooks and a lot of great food. they raised enough money to supply weekend food to 200 students. Great job! We appreciate your support.


Suddenlink conducted a food drive for Back Pack Buddies, offering incentives for its customers to make a donation to the organization that each week is providing weekend food supplies to 245 children to ensure they don't go hungry. As you can see, the food drive was a big success. Pictured, from left, are Sue Carroll Overton, Suddenlink General Manager Raymond Greenwood, Suddenlink Customer Service Representative Stephanie Acosta, Joan McDonald, Gretta Lister and Judy Jackson.

Women’s Bible Class of First Presbyterian Church

The Women’s Bible Class of First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Wells made a donation to assist the Back Pack Buddies program, which provides weekend food for students who might otherwise go hungry. Each week, volunteers pack a bag of food and school counselors discretely give them to students. A $12 donation pays the cost of supporting one student for a month, or a $120 donation provides for one student for the entire school year. The program currently feeds 182 students each week. More information is available from the church. Pictured are Pat Talkington, Tjuana Zacharias, Enna Mae Buzbee, Kathy Mclaughlan, Shirley Ellis, Judy Jackson, Martha Suther, JoAnn Edwards, Connie Powell, Lynda Desselles and Claudette Morrow.

Rotary Club of Mineral Wells

Judy Jackson, center, of Back Pack Buddies, was guest speaker at the Sept. 16, 2015, Rotary Club of Mineral Wells meeting. She told Rotarians about the organization's mission of making sure no local child goes without enough to eat over a weekend and how the project is a community-wide effort. Rotarians made Back Pack Buddies its matching grant recipient and presented Jackson with a $3,000 check, with hopes of donating more in the future. Also, club members packed a weekend's worth of food bags that week for more than 200 children at Wes-Tex Vending. Pictured with Jackson are program chair Brad Wilkerson, left, and club president Mary Braddock. Thank you, Rotary Club of Mineral Wells, for your support!



Wal-Mart is a proud supporter of Back Pack Buddies, providing the organization with a community grant to support the mission of making sure no child goes hungry over the weekend. Pictured, from left, are Wal-Mart supervisor Debbie Coffman, store manager Ulli Flowerree, and Judy Jackson of Back Pack Buddies. Thank you, Wal-Mart, for your support.


Mineral Wells ISD

Mineral Wells ISD Back Pack Buddies was honored by Mineral Wells ISD as a "Partner in Education" for helping make sure children do not go hungry or have too little to eat over the weekend. Accepting for BPB were Judy Jackson, Sue Overton and First United Methodist Church Rev. Lianne Turner. Also pictured are MWISD Superintendent Gail Haterius, far left, and school board president Maria Jones, far right. Thank you, Mineral Wells ISD, for your support, partnership and recognition!

Palo Pinto Farm Bureau

Palo Pinto Farm Bureau A sincere thank you to Palo Pinto Farm Bureau for their generous support of Back Pack Buddies. Your donation will help us in our effort to help eliminate childhood hunger on the weekend. Thank you, Palo Pinto Farm Bureau, for your support!