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Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off

BackPack Treasurer Recipient of 2021 Governor Volunteer Service Award

Source: The Gaston Gazette Gaston County recently had three recipients of the 2021 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards honor the spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service, said information provided by the office of Gov. Roy Cooper. Any person, […]

Twins raise more than $7,000 for backpack program

Auther: Bill Poteat | The Gaston Gazette This was supposed to be a feel-good, heart-warming, “maybe the world ain’t such a bad place after all” type of column. And it will be. But first, a bit of bad news. Gaston County’s Backpack Weekend Food Program has canceled its autumn fundraising gala due to increasing concerns […]

Publix Charities Awards $3k to Support Hungry Kids in Gaston County Schools

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

On July 30, Daimler Trucks of North America hosted a virtual presentation to announce and recognize its DaimlerCares 2021 grant recipients. The BackPack Weekend Food Program was among six non-profits awarded $5,000 in grant funding through the DaimlerCares Program. Each year, Daimler Trucks North America allocates money to a nonprofit in their service area through […]

CaroMont Health Foundation Extends Support to Program

The BWFP was awarded $15,000 through the CaroMont Health Foundation for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. Funding will help feed students in need and support critical program needs that help propel the program in the community. “I cannot express how grateful I am to the CaroMont Health Foundation for believing in our mission and 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 […]