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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.


CABP is now operational at the following locations:


Forest View * Franklin * Kenwood * Lincoln * Mackinaw Trail Middle School * Career Tech Center * All Head Start Programs * and All Great Start Readiness Programs * Manton Elementary * Mesick Elementary * Innovation High School


If you would like to serve in this ministry, we pack every Thursday unless otherwise noted to volunteers. Please meet at the Cooley Annex building on Granite Street at 9:00 am for set-up and 9:30 am for packing. Packing is complete no later than 10:15 am.


This ministry is 100% funded by donations and completely dependent upon God’s amazing grace! If you would like to support our ministry financially, you may do so by clicking on the “give” tab at the top of the page 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. 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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