Guide for Summer Feeding 

BackPack Beginnings is thrilled to extend our feeding programs to the summer – thanks to our partnerships with Guilford County Schools (GCS), A Simple Gesture, United Way of Greater Greensboro’s MeaningFULL Meals, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC and our many volunteers and donors!

We will be distributing food at 32 Grab-n-Go GCS school sites (Eastern Guilford High, Northeast Guilford High, Page High, Shadybrook Elementary, Allen Jay Middle, Oak Hill Elementary, Southeast Guilford High, Jamestown Elementary, Johnson Street Global, Union Hill Elementary, Brightwood Elementary, Hairston Middle, Montlieu Elementary, Welborn Middle, Archer Elementary, Northwest Guilford High, Ragsdale High, Southern Guilford High, Dudley High, Rankin Elementary, Wiley Elementary, Alderman Elementary, Kernodle Middle, Swann Middle, Washington Montessori, Irving Park Elementary, Jackson Middle, Smith High School, Gillespie Park Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Pilot Elementary, Western Guilford Middle), Hayes Taylor YMCA, YWCA Family Shelter, Guilford Health Department, Cone’s Rice Center for Pediatrics, Guilford Child Development, Mustard Seed Clinic and more.

Here are a few ways you can help with our summer feeding. Click for details:

Help us pack weekend bags that are distributed to children this summer.

Packing guidelines: Please place items inside of 2 plastic grocery bags or a paper grocery bag. If the bag is Menu 3 or Menu 4 and contains nuts, please label with the word “NUTS” on the outside of the bag.  Do not include any items in glass containers. Please make sure all items have an expiration date at least 2 months past the date you are packing the bag.

Menu 1 (no nut):
1 can of beans
1 bag of rice (2 lbs or less)
1 can of tuna
1 full size can of fruit
1 full size can of veggie
3 breakfast items (examples include packs of oatmeal, cereal bars, packs of grits or variety of ones listed)
2 non-nut individual healthy snacks (examples include small box of individual cereal, bags of pretzels, goldfish, animal crackers or variety of ones listed)

Menu 2 (no nut):
1 tomato product (spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, etc) *no glass
1 lb noodle
1 can of chicken
1 full size can of fruit
1 full size can of veggie
3 breakfast items (examples include small box of individual cereal, packs of oatmeal, cereal bars, packs of grits or variety of ones listed)
2 non-nut individual healthy snacks (examples include bags of pretzels, goldfish, animal crackers or variety of ones listed)

Menu 3 (nut):
1 squeezable jelly
1 peanut butter
1 box of mac & cheese
1 full size can of fruit
1 full size can of veggie
3 breakfast items (examples include small box of individual cereal, packs of oatmeal, cereal bars, packs of grits or variety of ones listed)
2 non-nut OR nut individual, healthy snacks

Menu 4 (nut):
1 full size can of Chef Boyardee or something similar
1 pop-top can of soup
1 box of mac & cheese or similar pasta meal
1 standard sized box of cereal
1 full size can of fruit
1 full size can of veggie
4 non-nut OR nut individual, healthy snacks

If you are not able to pack summer food bags, we will have volunteers in our warehouse this summer who will happily do it for you! Please feel free to donate any food items listed below for us to pack for hungry children.

Suggested items include:

• canned fruits or vegetables or beans
• Chef Boyardee full-size, pop-top cans
• healthy, individually wrapped snacks (peanut free)
• pasta/rice (1 to 2 pounds max)
• canned chicken or tuna
• breakfast items (cereal bars, oatmeal packs, grits, cereals)

Your donation can make all the difference for a child facing a long weekend filled with hunger!  Learn more about ways to donate.

Any donations collected after summer needs have been filled will be used to feed children during the school year.

We are in need of volunteers to pack bags and deliver/distribute meals! To deliver and hand-out food at our feeding sites or volunteer in our warehouse, please visit our Donate Time page.

Thank you for helping to feed hungry children over the summer!