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

To eliminate the fear in a child of not having enough food to eat on the weekend.

What We Do

We extend hope and the promise of a consistent bag of weekend food to students in need so they can come to school ready to learn.

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 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

Our mission is to provide nutritionally-balanced, non-perishable weekend meals to students in Gaston County Schools so they can come to school more alert and ready to learn!