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#HungerTakeover

 Are you a business looking for an opportunity to give back to your community? This is your chance. Every month through the end of the school year, the BackPack Weekend Food Program (BWFP) is opening up its warehouse to local businesses to volunteer their time with a “HungerTakeover” day. Get a behind-the-scenes access pass to the BWFP operation and a chance to pull up your sleeves to help others in need. There is something transformative about being able to touch the food that goes into a backpack and knowing you are making a difference in a child’s life.

 In addition to a hands-on experience at our warehouse, we want to tell our community about the great work you are doing! Join us in cross-promoting your “HungerTakeover” day on social media. Feel free to post photos and information about your business and employees on Facebook and Instagram using hashtag: #HungerTakeover2019-20. Your volunteers will also walk away with a t-shirt and promo video!

 

Senator Harrington Visits BackPack Warehouse

Senator Kathy Harrington visited the BackPack Weekend Food Program (BWFP) warehouse on Tuesday to personally thank volunteers with the program and roll up her sleeves to help pull food orders for nearly 800 students. Each month during the school year, volunteers assemble at the BWFP warehouse to organize food items for partners to pick up. Partners represent churches, local businesses, households and community groups. Partners take food items from the warehouse once a month, pack individual food bags and deliver to students at schools each week to take home on the weekend.

Like other nonprofits, the BWFP is sustainable because of its more than 500 volunteers scattered throughout Gaston County who support the program through packing, delivering food and generous financial giving.

“Indispensable to the BWFP program are its volunteers and countless volunteer hours committed to making sure students in need have enough food to eat on the weekend,” said Dallas Butler, Executive Director. “The number of volunteers’ hands that touch the food items before they ever reach the hands of our students is a remarkable testimony to the abundance of kindness in this community. We are so grateful to Senator Harrington and many others who have a heart for this program and the students’ lives it is impacting.” 

The BWFP provides nutritious weekend meals to students K-12 in Gaston County Schools. Between 800 to 1,000 students receive food on the weekend through the program during the school year.