The University Service Center at Tennessee Tech University began its Backpack Project in 2013, modeling their own program after the nationwide Blessings in a Backpack program. Blessings in a Backpack and other similar programs have made their way to several K-12 schools surrounding TTU, so the Service Center sought out schools not yet sponsored. This lead to the partnership with Jackson County Schools: Gainesboro Elementary, Jackson County Middle, and Dodson Branch K-8.
The TTU Backpack Project seeks to provide food for K-12 students in Jackson County, TN who may have minimal access to food over the weekend. Backpacks filled with kid friendly food will go home with a number of students from partnering schools every possible weekend throughout the school year. Our goal is to improve the success of students by helping them lead healthier lives.