What is the BackPack Weekend Food Program?

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

Students in the program receive nonperishable, individually-portioned, nutritionally-balanced food to take home in their backpacks so they have food to eat on the weekend when school is not in session. Participation in the program is determined by school personnel, as well as the child’s parent or guardian who must give permission. At the time of enrollment, any allergies are identified to ensure a child’s health and safety.

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.