$30K Awarded to the BackPack Program Will Feed Weekend Meals to Students in Need During the 2018-19 School Year

The BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. (BWFP) will continue its mission of feeding children in need through weekend food bags thanks to the CaroMont Health Foundation.

“The CaroMont Health Foundation has been so generous with their grant funding in support of the BWFP for a number of years,” said Dallas Butler, Executive Director. “This grant will support the great momentum the program has built in the past eight years and its focus on feeding hungry children and giving them a better promise of tomorrow.”

Grant money will go toward the purchase of food items that constitute three separate menus for elementary, and middle and high schools students. Menus are created by a dietitian at CaroMont Health each year to ensure students are receiving a nutritionally-balanced meals for two and three-day weekends.

Money received this grant cycle is allocated to the purchase of food items for the remaining 2018-2019 school year beginning in January. Students in the program will receive food bags through June 2019. Food items are purchased a month in advance under CaroMont’s Premier purchasing power with US Foods. Food is shipped each month to the BWFP’s warehouse where it is stored and dispersed to partners who have agreed to fund a certain number of Gaston County students at a school for a year.
The BWFP also purchases food items from the Gastonia Aldi.

During the 2017-2018 school year, the BWFP received 41,401 pounds of food, which served 198,010 weekend meals to hungry children in Gaston County Schools.