What is The #ProjectJCOA Backpack Food Program & How Does It Work?

#ProjectJCOA is a program designed to provide non-perishable food to children that would benefit from supplemental nourishment over the weekend.

This program was created by Junior Chefs of America’s kids and is designed to help kids experience the JOY OF GIVING BACK in a philanthropic way by allowing them the chance to help pass out these backpacks to other children in their community with their Parents as their Chaperons. On select days, our kids join their Parents to help hand out Food Backpacks to local children in their communities.

Our Staff & Volunteers also participate by delivering food backpacks to schools, churches, and other non-profit organizations in need of food help to elementary kids. From time to time, we also pass out groceries & school supplies.  This program runs from September to May of each year. while our school year operates.

What Inside Our Backpack’s

Each Backpack contains easy to prepare food items – enough food for 4 meals and 2 snacks for one child. Each week the exact food in the backpack differs as there is a rotating menu; however, the structure is the same each week: 2 milks, 2 cereals, 2 fruits, 2 protein items, and 2 snack items.

To Become A #ProjectJCOA Recipient For Backpacks, Groceries, or School Supplies Complete This Form Below:

#ProjectJCOA Recipient Form

Once we receive your form, you are all set up to be contacted for your Initial Backpack,  additional food “Buddy Bags” , Family Groceries, & School Supplies when available.

Additional bags of food & supplies will be picked up on selected day from our school located at 4311 W. Waters Avenue, Suite 603, Tampa, Florida. Download our monthly calendars to see dates & times.


I would like to be contacted to help in any way needed for #ProjectJCOA Backpack Food Program. We will contact you with more information. Click Here To Volunteer.


Most of our food is purchased through generous donations of JCOA Parents and other fundraising efforts. Some of our food is sponsored by community businesses and community food drives. Each pack is approximately $9. To feed one child for our school year costs $162. Help make a difference by giving any amount to our program.

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