Backpack Program

Lawrence Backpack Program In the Spring of 2018, students in the JMG program at Lawrence High School identified the need to provide food to students for weekends and week long breaks. After lots of hard work and fundraising, we began the Lawrence Backpack Program in the Fall of 2018. Students served 21 families at Lawrence High School & Junior High School within the first month. On average, we serve 27 families each week. Through the partnership with the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry and Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) students are able to offer this resource to the students at Lawrence. Students in the high school or junior high school can sign up to receive a bag by talking with their guidance counselor. Each week students get their bag from a teacher or pick it up in guidance at the end of the week. JMG partners with public education and private businesses to offer results-driven solutions to ensure all Maine students graduate, attain post-secondary credentials and pursue meaningful careers. The JMG Program at Lawrence High School values the opportunity to give back to their community. By operating the Lawrence Backpack Program, students learn workplace, social, and leadership skills, while also gaining community service experience. Students also visit and volunteer at the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry during the school year.

We are always accepting monetary donations and donations of

1. Plastic shopping bags

2. Reusable shopping bags

3. Non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, cereal, pasta, macaroni and cheese, granola bars, ramen noodles, crackers, and popcorn.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Katherine Wood, JMG Specialist at Lawrence High School, at

Who to contact: Katherine Wood -

Helping out:

LJHS students