Eleven years ago, I started BackPack Beginnings (BPB) because I wanted to help a few children in need in my community. I had no idea that a few boxes of food in my dining room and $8,000 from friends, family and neighbors would be the start of a multi-program organization that now serves over 17,000 children in need and continues to grow annually.

As a new mother, I knew the desire for wanting your child to be nurtured and their basic needs to be met. I couldn’t imagine the heartbreak for those families unable to meet those basic needs. So, I set out to make a difference by providing hungry children with food over the weekends. Now our backpack programs feed thousands of hungry children and comfort thousands more locally. In just 11 years, we have established programs in 108 organizations, including 64 schools and 44 child assistance organizations, and created a clothing pantry to cloth these children as well.

Through the generous support and time of over 200 monthly volunteers, BPB operates as a 95% volunteer organization. With support of local businesses, churches, foundations and community members, we are able to fund our operations and grow our reach to children in need. I am humbled by the growth of BPB and astounded by the ever-growing need among the children in our community. I hope you will join us as we serve children in need one backpack at a time.


Parker White Signature

Founder/Volunteer Executive Director

Parker White photo

Photo courtesy of Photo Innovations and HPCF.

“Our Food and Comfort BackPacks make all the difference for a child facing a long weekend filled with hunger or a day shattered by a traumatic experience. By directly serving children in need, BPB makes a positive and lasting impact in their life.”

Volunteer Staff

Parker White, Founder/Executive Director

Lana Greenberg, Food Program Coordinator

Allison Cochran, Development Director

Jill Hamilton, Accountant

Angie Burkey, Marketing Director

Erika Keuthe, Food Program Coordinator for High Point

Andrea Brooks, Food Program Coordinator

Leigh Jones, Clothing Pantry Program Chair

Brandi Wilkinson, Food Program Coordinator

Danielle Rattray, Comfort BackPack Program Chair

Hilary Callahan-Glasscock, Book Beginnings Program Chair


Wendy Brewer, Administrative Assistant

Mallory Goodman, Program Director

Volunteer Board Members

Allison Cochran, Secretary

Jennifer Van Zant

Mindy Oakley

Parker White, President & Chair

Terry Jones

Cedric Parker

Scott Fisher