One in four children in southeast North Carolina faces hunger daily. Children who are hungry may be sick more often, may have difficulty learning, and may be prone to behavioral problems.
The primary goal of our Children’s Backpack Program is to alleviate child hunger by providing nutritious and easy-to-prepare foods at times when food resources are not available. Every week, our backpack partners are provided with a supply of shelf-stable “kid-friendly” products for elementary school-aged children. Common foods in a backpack include: proteins (tuna, beef stew, or peanut butter), fruits (canned or fresh), breakfast items (cereal or bars), snacks, and beverages (fruit juice and/or milk).
Teachers and schools have reported improvements in test scores, positive behavioral gains, decrease in number of unexcused absences and an increased recognition of potential career paths.We have more than 42 backpack partners within our 7 county service-area.