Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off

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 […]

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 […]

Holy Potato Drop!

On Tuesday, July 8th a tractor trailer backed up to the BackPack Weekend Food Program (BWFP) warehouse loading dock with approximately 40,000 pounds of potatoes which would become food for hundreds of families across Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland Counties! Rev. Angela Hollar, an elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church […]

Family Advisory Board Awards BackPack $4,000 for 2020-21

No child should have to worry about where their next meal will come from. The BackPack Weekend Food Program has been able to help feed hungry children on the weekend for nearly 10 years thanks to the generosity of supporters and organizations like the Family Advisory Board. “The outpouring of support by Gaston County is […]

CaroMont Health Foundation to Help Support Weekend Food

Amid tremendous uncertainty, we can rest assured knowing that students will continue to have food to eat on the weekend in the upcoming school year. Recently, the CaroMont Health Foundation, awarded the BackPack Weekend Food Program with a $10,000 grant to disperse during the 2020-21 school year on food and operational items. More than 1.6 […]

Senator Harrington Visits BackPack Warehouse

Senator Kathy Harrington visited the BackPack Weekend Food Program (BWFP) warehouse on Tuesday, October 15 to personally thank volunteers with the program and roll up her sleeves to help pull food orders for nearly 800 students. Each month during the school year, volunteers assemble at the BWFP warehouse to organize food items for partners to […]


Are you a business looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? This is your chance. Every month through the end of the school year, the BackPack Weekend Food Program (BWFP) is opening up its warehouse to local businesses to volunteer their time with a “HungerTakeover” day. Get a behind-the-scenes access pass to […]

Glenn Foundation Awards BackPack Program $10K

During the upcoming 2020-21 school year, students will not have to worry about going hungry on the weekend thanks in part to organizations like the Carrie E. and Lena Glenn Foundation among others. The BackPack program is able to provide a consistent supply of weekend meals to students in need during the school year because […]