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The Cadillac Area Backpack Program (CABP) provides nutritious food items to elementary-aged children and Cooley High School students

who are at-risk of hunger when they leave school for the weekend and have no access to school meals.

The need is big...

Currently, nearly 70% of Cadillac Area Public School’s elementary students qualify for our program!

Based on income guidelines determined by the state, food-insecure children are identified and given the opportunity to participate in the program. Once enrolled, each qualified child receives a food bag at the end of every week containing six kid-friendly meal options and six snacks. Presently, faithful volunteers pack approximately 450 bags of food to be sent home with students each Friday. During the 2014-2015 school year this equated to 13,821 bags of food! We thank God for His wonderful provision of financial resources.

CABP is now operational in all four elementary schools in the Cadillac school district, all Great Start Readiness Program students, and all Headstart classrooms. If you would like to help us, please meet us at Baker College at 9:00 am for Set-up and/or 9:30 am for packing. We can also use help with our morning and afternoon delivery as well.


This ministry is 100% funded by donations and completely dependent upon God’s amazing grace! If you would like to support our ministry, you may do so by clicking on the “give” tab at the top of the page and designating your gift to CABP, or you may send a check to the First Baptist Church (125 Stimson Street; Cadillac MI 49601). Please write “CABP” in the memo of your check or if giving online, please write "CAPB" in the "other" box which says: "Where would you like your money to go?" THANK YOU!

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Other ways to give:

While your financial support is much appreciated, there are other ways you can give to CABP. We understand that everyone may not be able to give as much as they would like and we understand.

If you are still looking for ways to serve we have provided a list below of some options that you may be interested in. Work days are on Thursday each week during the school year.

 Thank you again for your continued support. 

  • Set-Up Crew  9:00am
  • Food Packer 9:30 am
  • Adopt a Backpack Student for the school year ($125)
  • Host a Fundraising Event

Thank you for all your support!

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