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Grants | BackPack Weekend Food Program

$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.

Glenn Foundation Awards BackPack Program $10K

(L to R) Richard Blackburn, Board Member; Charles W. Gallman, Chairperson; Dallas Butler, BWFP Executive Director; Ann Davis, Board Member


During the 2017-18 school year, more than 900 students did not have to worry about being hungry on the weekend thanks in part to the BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. (BWFP). The BackPack program is able to provide a consistent supply of weekend meals to students in need because of generous grants like the one from the Glenn Foundation.

“I cannot express enough how grateful I am to have grant funding available to community nonprofits like the BWFP,” said Dallas Butler, Executive Director.  “Thank you, Carrie E. and Lena V. Glenn Foundation, and its Board of Directors and Team for your generous financial support of $10,000. This funding will go toward making sure children do not have to be hungry on the weekend during the school year; Rather, they can come to school on Mondays with fuller stomachs, more alert and ready to take on the week. Thank you for believing in what we do!”


Community Foundation Grant Awarded



Gastonia, NC – BackPack Weekend Food Program (BWFP) is pleased to announce it has received
a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Gaston County. These funds will support
the mission of the program, which is to provide nutritionally-balanced meals to children in need on the
Founded in 2011 by Carolyn Niemeyer, the BWFP has evolved into a nearly $500,000 project serving
school-aged children in Gaston County Schools. In eight years, more than 1.4 million meals have been
served to students in grades K-12.
“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation Board of Directors for their financial support once
again this year,” said Dallas Butler, Executive Director. “This grant will ensure that hungry children will
not have to worry about their next meal on the weekend and can come to school better nourished,
more alert and ready to learn.”
The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review

Grant check from Publix Super Market Charities

The BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. is proud to announce that the program recently
received a grant of $10,000 as one of 57 back pack programs recognized by Publix Super Markets
Charities. This special grant is a part of Publix Super Market Charities’ $5 Million donation to Help
Alleviate Hunger in at least seven states.

Over the past three years, Publix Super Market Charities has contributed more than $11.5
million to hunger related programs. They are committed to meeting the basic needs of the communities
Publix Super Markets serve. “For more than 50 years, we have been nourishing the communities in
which Publix operates, said Carol Jenkins Barnett, President of Publix Super Market Charities. We believe
every child deserves hope, love, and joy. Our Foundation is dedicated to giving these gifts of
nourishment and hope to our communities.” Publix was founded by Mr. George Jenkins who believed
in giving. He wanted his customers and community taken care of. Under the leadership of Ms. Barnett,
Mr. Jenkins’s daughter, Publix Super Markets Charities remains committed to the communities in which
Publix operates. To learn more, visit

The BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. is thankful for this Publix commitment to
Gaston County. This grant will help the program continue to provide weekend food for students in the
Gaston County School System who need weekend food during the school year.

(L/R)  Carolyn Niemeyer,Coordinator, Kim Reynolds, Media and Community Relations Mgr.for Publix Super Market Charities.