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.

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