During the school year, more than 33,000 children across North Dakota qualify for and greatly rely on the federal free and reduced lunch program to meet their daily nutritional needs.

But on weekends, many of these children struggle with hunger.  The Backpack Program is designed to fill gaps in meals during the weekend for children on free and reduced lunches by providing such items as milk, juice, snacks, and food for four meals.

Thank you for sharing God’s great gifts!

. . . to Serve!

If your children are on the free and reduced lunch program and you would like to participate in the Backpack Program, please complete the attached form and submit it to the Principal at Kindred Elementary School (428-3388) or mail it to Pastor Andrew at Kindred Lutheran Church (428-3630).  If your children are not on the free and reduced lunch program they may still qualify, so please do not hesitate to request assistance.    


Currently it costs only $4.25 to fill a backpack for the weekend. To sponsor a child for an entire year, it costs only $162. If you would like to ensure children have what they need to learn and grow, donate below. By offering the credit/debit card option, Kindred Lutheran is not encouraging you to incur any debt in order to make donations to the church. If you prefer to give cash, envelopes are available at the Church.

The Food Baskets are a partnership of the Kindred Area Food Pantry and Kindred Area Ministerial Association (KAMA) which includes Bethel & Goshen Moravian Churches; Calvary & Zion United Methodist Churches; Canaan Moravian Church; Christine, Hickson & Walcott Lutheran Churches; Davenport & Norman Lutheran Churches; Kindred Lutheran Church; St Maurice Catholic Church; and West Prairie Free Lutheran Church.

Backpack Program

We return to the CROSS which reminds us that Jesus came not to be served but “to serve” (Matthew 20:28).  Being servants is our calling as disciples who are obedient to Christ's command, "So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.  Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their Master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them” (John 13:14-16).  We reach beyond the walls of the church, serving the needy and hurting in our immediate community as well as the world.  This is faith active in love.