PROVO — Many children in Utah County take advantage of school lunch programs, but families often are left without support over the weekend.

The Utah County Foster Grandparent Program is asking for help from the community to address the need.

Each year, the program provides a day of service on Martin Luther King Day, packing backpacks for children, and the community can help by bringing supplies.

The Backpack for Kids program helps provide nutritious and easy-to-prepare food needed to help a child over the course of a weekend when they are away from the breakfast/lunch programs available at their schools. The Foster Grandparents Program collects food items to be placed in packs to be distributed.

Each backpack contains one juice box, one package of peanut butter crackers (Austin Toasty crackers preferred), one fruit cup (peaches, pears, mixed fruits, etc.), one fruit bar (like a Nutri-Grain bar), one granola bar, one package of fruit snacks, and one "entree" item (such as Kraft Easy Mac, Chef Boyardee microwavables, Ramen noodles).

Donations can be dropped off at 151 S. University Ave, Suite 2200, Provo, or at 599 S. 500 East, American Fork.