Backpack Pals for Richmond County

Our Mission:
Backpack Pals for Richmond County provides nutritional weekend meals and snacks to children whose primary source of food is the school cafeteria.  With this program, we hope to reach children throughout the community and establish an effective outreach program to enrich the lives of those in need. 

2012-2013 Backpacks Distributed each week.

Monroe Avenue  47

West Rockingham  74

Fairview Heights  45

Washington St  71

Rohanen Primary  51

LJ Bell Elementary  29

Cordova Elementary  30

Mineral Springs  56


Purpose of Backpack Pals for Richmond County

The Backpack Pals is a nationally recognized program designed to meet the needs of hungry children, identified by school staff, who have little to eat over the weekend. Backpack Pals programs have been shown to have a positive impact on a student’s behavior, attendance and academic achievement, as well as alleviating hunger.

Backpacks containing nutritious individual serving size breakfast and lunch items are sent home with the child on Fridays and then returned to the school on Mondays. Volunteers refill the empty backpacks and return them to the schools before Friday. Our backpacks are free of logos to protect the dignity and anonymity of the child.

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United Way Day of Giving 2012

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