BACKPACK WEEKEND FOOD PROGRAM OF GASTON COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT
FROM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR $15,000
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
Terry Stroupe along with the BB&T Bank staff of the Gaston County Branch Presented a Check for $3,500 from the BB&T Bank Lighthouse Project.
The BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. in Gaston County is very pleased to announce that it has received a $15,000.00 grant from the Community Foundation of Gaston County. These generous funds will support providing weekend food to students in the Gaston County School System that are identified as needing weekend food during the school year.
The program is now in the 7th year of operation. The goal is to provide weekend back packs of food to those students who need the food over the weekend. In the school year 2016-2017 the program provided over 224,000 meals to over 950 students. The funds to operate the program come from partner churches and organizations, donations, grants, and fundraisers. The program is run by volunteers who work in the warehouse to sort the food and volunteers in the many churches and organizations who pack and deliver the food weekly to their partner school.
Carolyn Niemeyer says, “Without the support of the caring people of Gaston County and the many volunteers working with the program it would not be the success that it is today.” I am proud to live in an area where so many people care about the future of the children.”
The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. “The BackPack Weekend Food Program serves a crucial need in our community by providing food on the weekends for children who are in need. The Foundation’s Board understands the importance of supplying nutritional meals to students so that they will be able to focus in the classroom,” states Ernest Sumner, President, CFGC,
The Community Foundation of Gaston County is the leading steward of philanthropic giving by connecting donors with community needs to enhance the lives of present and future generations. The nonprofit organization has invested more than $88 million in grants and scholarships over its 39 –year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fundholders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education. For more information, visit Cfgaston.org.
Volunteers, surrounding members of the Community Foundation of Gaston County Board Members,
Fred Jackson and Charlton Torrence presenting a check for $15,000.00
to Carolyn Niemeyer, Coordinator of the BackPack Weekend Food Program.
BackPack Weekend Food Program recently received a $40,000.00 grant from the CaroMont Health Foundation.
Pictured: LR. Katie Wayne, Director of Development for the CaroMont Health Foundation and
Carolyn Niemeyer, Coordinator of the BackPack Weekend Food Program.