Changing lives.

One backpack

at a time.

because 1 in 5 children in North Carolina are hungry

BackPack Friends provides nutritional meals and snacks to children who may need a little extra over the weekend. By supplying these bags, our goal is to assist in meeting their nutritional, mental and overall well-being needs. We need your help!! The number of children in need is growing on a daily basis so we need your continued support. Now in our 11 year, BackPack Friends delivers over 650 backpacks of food to children in 18 schools throughout Carteret, Craven, Onslow, and Jones counties each week; all packed by caring volunteers with 100% donated food supplies at an annual cost of almost $190,000.




100% Volunteers

100% Donations


BackPack Friends targets kids who access free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at school. Children are identified as “in need” by school guidance counselors and site coordinators. Backpacks are filled with healthy foods and are discreetly distributed to children before weekends or holiday vacations.


  • Volunteer 

    Come to the Food Storage Warehouse to help pack backpacks or help deliver them to the schools! Contact the BackPack Friends Coordinator at: for volunteer opportunities and information. 

  • Sponsorship 

    1 Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $360 

    3/4 Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . $270

    1/2 Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . $180

    1/4 Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 90

    Help a child become part of the BackPack Friends program through a monetary donation. For a nominal amount, a child can have access to nutritious food every weekend for an entire school year. Contact the BackPack Friends Coordinator at: for more information or complete the attached sponsorship form. 


BackPack Friends Changing Lives . . . 

 true stories from people involved with BackPack Friends

“Hey Danielle, I have to share a story that brought tears to my eyes . . . I was subbing yesterday and a little boy came up to me and said I’m so glad it’s Friday. I said you are, why? He said because I get my backpack filled and that means I finally get food. He was so happy, so thank you from him!”
"If you could have anything in your bag what would it be?  A flashlight so I can see my food when I eat it in the closet"
“What you're providing my students is hope, hope and the knowledge that someone cares for them"
“could I please get some toilet paper to take home? We don’t have any.”
“could we add another bag to our count this week? We have another homeless family.”



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BackPack Friends

PO Box 483

Swansboro, NC 28584

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