We believe every family—no matter your circumstances— deserves to experience the joy of picking out your own groceries and supplies. The BackPack Beginnings Family Market serves Guilford County families
with children under the age of 18 in the household who are struggling to provide for their children’s basic needs

Who Can Shop

The Family Market is open to Guilford County families with children under the age of 18 in the household.

Schedule an Appointment Before Coming

Please use the green button below to schedule, reschedule or cancel your appointment.  If you need another appointment after you visit us, our online scheduling system will open to you 30 days after your last appointment. Please allow extra time for your first visit so that we can collect household information that is required from Second Harvest Food Bank. IDs and immigration status are NOT required. Current Market hours:

  • Mondays, 1-4 pm
  • Tuesdays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, 12-4 pm
  • Thursdays, 2-4 pm
  • Fridays, 9:30-12:30 pm

We ask that you shop only for your own household and try to keep your visit to one hour. We value children and for their safety, please supervise them while in the market.

No-Show Policy

Please help us keep Family Market appointments available for other families by going online to reschedule OR cancel, if you are unable to make it.

Failure to reschedule or cancel your appointment will result as a “no-show” in our system. After 3 no-shows, your account will be “under review”. At that point, staff will reach out for further communication. If no-shows persist, your account will be paused and staff will connect you to other resources that may better suit your schedule.

Are you struggling to provide basic needs for your children? If so, click the green button below:

Make/Reschedule/Cancel Appointment

Location and Contact Information

We are located at 3711 Alliance Drive Greensboro, NC 27407. Please enter through the 2nd door from the street. A Family Market sign will be located next to the entrance.

Contact: (336) 954-7445

We are unable to provide transportation or funds for transporation to and from the Market. The Hewitt/West Barton bus stop is 0.3 miles from our Family Market.

Market Supplies

Most of our supplies come from generous donations, so we can not guarantee any specific items. Please take what you need, leave what you don’t for others. Donations can not be sold, traded, bartered or returned to stores.

Our primary focus is supporting children, so please note that non-food items are meant for children only.

On the Shelves…

The Family Market is about choice. We have a variety of food and supplies to support your family.