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Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off

First Gaston Foundation Awards $10,000 to BackPack

First Gaston Foundation of the Gaston Community Foundation announced a grant to the BackPack Weekend Food Program in the amount of $10,000. Funding will support students who do not have a sponsor during the 2021-22 school year. “Many families with children are facing hunger challenges, even more since the pandemic,” said Dallas Butler, Executive Director. […]

Publix Charities steps up again to help Hunger take the weekend off

Publix Supermarket is more than a grocery store. If you have read its history, you know this. Founder and visionary Mr. George was a dreamer who was driven and determined to bring a luxury experience to the mundane task of grocery shopping. If you walk into a Publix store today, you get all those feels […]

Driving Home the BackPack Mission Through DaimlerCares Program

BackPack Weekend Food Program receives $15,000 from Daimler Trucks of North America.  These funds helped the BWFP to provide 900 students in Gaston County Schools with weekend meals!  The Daimler Volunteer team pictured helped the BWFP with our last pull day in April.

CaroMont Health Foundation Extends Support to Program

The BWFP was awarded $8,500 through the CaroMont Health Foundation for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. Funding will help feed students in need and support critical program needs that help propel the program in the community. We cannot express how appreciative the BWFP is to the CaroMont Health Foundation for their loyal support of the […]

Gastonia family contributes $15,000 to BackPack Weekend Food Program

Author: Bill Poteat, The Gaston Gazette Click here for online version As a child growing up in Queens, New York, Kelly Whitesides knew what it meant to worry about where her next meal was coming from. “I know how important this program is,” she said, as she stood with her husband Sam in the BackPack […]

BackPack Weekend Food Program needs extra support this year

Source: The Gaston Gazette, www.gastongazette.com In the late summer of 1999, just before my 44th birthday, I made a very abrupt transition from the news room to the class room. No college course in classroom management. No theories of learning styles. No student teaching. Here’s your room. Here’s your desk. Sink or swim. No floatation device […]

Dining In to Support Students in Need on the Weekend 

Webb Custom Kitchen Hosts Fundraiser Raising $800 for the BackPack Weekend Food Program On Wednesday, February 24, Webb Custom Kitchen hosted a fundraiser for the BackPack Weekend Food Program. Featuring Webb’s South Street Schnitzel as the special, for every special sold, Webb donated $5 to the BWFP to help keep children from going hungry through […]

Khakis Restaurant Hosts Fundraiser for BackPack

Several members of the Cramer Mountain Club came out to the “Bottle Tree Takeover” event at Khakis Restaurant on Tuesday, September 15. Owner, Scott Blackwood, and his restaurant team donated their time to the event, which raised $2,640 that will support students who need weekend meals during the school year. Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner […]

“Kiss the Pig” Raises $19,300

On Saturday, September 12, representatives of the City of Bessemer City Parks and Recreation and Bessemer City BackPack Weekend Food Program, along with eager onlookers, assembled downtown Bessemer City to find out who raised the most money in support of the weekend food program for students in Bessemer City Schools. The losing team had to […]

Publix Charities, Thank You for Helping Us Feed our Community of Students

Publix Super Markets Charities has granted $4,000.00 in funding to support the BackPack Weekend Food Program during the 2020-21 fiscal year. “Publix Charities is a tremendous charity that helps local nonprofit programs like the BackPack Weekend Food Program,” said Dallas Butler, Executive Director. “With this grant money, we will be able to enhance operational efficiency […]

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