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Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off

Las Amigas, Inc. Gastonia Chapter Donates to BackPack

Five happy faces greeted me at the entrance of our office building this morning. Representing Las Amigas Gastonia Chapter, President Gayle and long-time members presented me with a $200 check to the BackPack Weekend Food Program. Las Amigas, Incorporated is a national, public service, charitable, fundraising women’s organization founded by Mrs. Dora R. Mason and […]

BackPack Spotlighted on GCS TODAY

Gaston County Schools TODAY News Channel Featuring the BWFP

Church Yard Sale Raises $1k for BackPack

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” an old English Proverb once said. Thanks to Judy MacDonald, member at Christ Church in Gastonia, and a team of volunteers, they raised a little more than $1,000 through a virtual and in-person yard sale a few weeks ago. Lots of treasures at this fundraiser. “Pledge to Buy […]

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, […]

BackPack Night @ Gaston Honey Hunters

The Gastonia Honey Hunters hosted a BackPack night at the CaroMont Health Park on September 15. Thanks to all who came out to support the program and our local Honey Hunters team. Chloe and Caitlyn Robinson threw out the first pitch and then it was time to “play ball!” “When I first met Mr. Bellamy, […]

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 […]