What is the BackPack Weekend Food Program?

The BWFP provides children in need with a plastic bag of nonperishable, individually-portioned, nutritionally-balanced food to take home in their backpacks on the weekend when school meals are not available. Those students most likely to be hungry on the weekend are identified by school counselors, social workers, teachers, school nurses, and principals. Permission to participate in the program must be given by the child’s parent or guardian and any allergies are identified.

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.