1By now, most people know about the BackPack Food BackPack Program that is available throughout preschool and elementary schools in Greensboro.  But do you know about the other programs provided by BPB?  While BPB at its inception focused on the BackPack Food BackPack Program, over the last five years, Parker and the BPB volunteer staff have recognized the needs of other children throughout the community.  Never ones to pass an opportunity to help children in need, they have created other programs to chip away at other problem areas.

In honor of BPB’s five-year anniversary, here are five facts about the Food Pantry Program (FPP):

  1. APPROACH: FPP provides food items to food pantries operated in Middle and High Schools.  Our objective is to reduce childhood  hunger in our community by providing access in school to a reliable food source.
  2. HOW MANY SCHOOLS?  Ironically, we currently have FIVE Middle Schools.  We are adding another soon.
  3. GROWTH NEED:  EIGHT Middle and High Schools are on our waiting list for this program.
  4. FOOD NEEDS: Hearty canned soups, oatmeal, canned tuna, rice, pastas, peanut butter, beans, low-sugar cereals, grits, canned fruits and veggies
  5. GOAL: To have a food pantry in every local Middle and High School in need in the next 5 years.

BackPack Beginnings has been up to big things in the last five years.  With the volunteer leadership and staff and most importantly, the tremendous community support behind BPB, the fight against childhood hunger will only get stronger in the next five years.

Written on 2/5/2015 by Blogger Courtney Murphy.