Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off

About Us

The BackPack Weekend Food Program is a village of individuals, organizations, businesses and community who CARE passionately about the mission of the program.

Our Mission:
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.

We Serve:
Up to 1,000 students each school year
Students in grades K-12
43 schools in Gaston County Schools

The Impact:
Nearly 900 students had food to eat on the weekend during the 2018-19 school year.
195,159 meals distributed to students last school year.
More than 1.5 million meals distributed to students since 2011.

Our Team
Dallas Butler, Executive Director
Suzanne Jones, BWFP Coordinator
Virgil Welch, Warehouse Manager


500+ volunteers in the Gaston County community
35+ warehouse volunteers
Nearly 50 partners

Board of Directors
Richard Blackburn, Chairman
Jimee Crouch
Rev. Brack East
Rev. Ray Hardee
Rev. Angela Hollar
Carolyn Niemeyer, Member (Founder)
Bishop John McCullough, II
Lee Stadther, Treasurer
Terry Stroupe
Valerie Yatko (advisory)
Michael McMahan (advisory)

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