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 12th year, BackPack Friends delivers over 800 backpacks of food to children in 22 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 $288,000.
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
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.