Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off

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Who We Are

We are advocates, partners and collaborators dedicated to changing the lives of students.

Why We Do It

So kids don’t have to worry about what to eat on the weekend when they don’t have access to school meals during the school year.

What We Do

We offer hope through a consistent bag of easy-to-prepare meals on the weekend so kids can focus on important things - like being a kid.

The saying, it takes a village to raise a child became even more evident the last several weeks. When schools closed, we responded quickly to make sure our kids and families had enough to eat on the weekend with the help of many of our friends. Thank you and to all the individuals and agencies in our community who are serving others in this time of great need.

What is the BackPack Weekend Food Program?

Between 800 to 1,000 students in Gaston County Schools will go home this weekend to a household with very little food to eat or no food at all. The BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. (BWFP) is dedicated to providing healthy, non-perishable meals to students to take home on the weekend during the school year so they can come to school the following week better nourished and ready to learn.

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Hunger Facts

US/NC Stats:

Every day, millions of adults and children in America are hungry and not sure when they will have their next meal. In 2012, according to the USDA, 49 million Americans, 14.5% of households, lived in food insecure households. North Carolina ranks number 2 in the nation for the highest rate of food insecure children under the age of 5 and number 10 in the nation for the highest rate of food insecure children under the age of 18.

Gaston County Stats:

34,000 Gaston Co residents living in poverty
64% of students eligible for free and reduced meals
1.5 million meals since 2011

I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” –
Martin Luther King, Jr.