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BackPack Weekend Food Program | Gaston County


To provide food on the weekend to children in need so they can come to school more alert, better nourished and ready to learn.

Spread Holiday Cheer Through Giving

Do you believe it is more rewarding to give than to receive? With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, let’s not lose sight of the value of giving to others. Here are a few unique ideas to consider gifting to others.

Give in Honor / Memory
Giving a tribute gift is the perfect way to celebrate a loved one while supporting the life-changing work and mission of the BackPack Weekend Food Program. When you give in memory of or in celebration of someone, we send a special card letting them know about your gift. If you prefer, you can choose to remain anonymous. When you make a tribute donation, the amount of the gift only appears on the acknowledgment letter we send directly to you. Your gift recipient receives a separate card that does not include the amount. There are a few simple ways you can give:

Online: Order a tribute card online via debit or credit card here.
Phone: Call us at 704.689.3363.
Mail: P.O. Box 551030, Gastonia, NC 28055

Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. While this is a year-round opportunity, what better time to start using it than NOW during the holidays! When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the BackPack Weekend Food Program. 

Students in grades K-12


The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 44% of households in Gaston County have an income of $35,000 or less.


Students are eligible for free lunch.

Gaston County residents are estimated to be in poverty.