On March 21, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and its partners in the BackPack program at Forest Park Elementary School celebrated the program.
At Forest Park, First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem serves as the program sponsor. Forest Park is one of more than 20 schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system that participate in the BackPack program, which provides children from low-income families with backpacks full of nutritious, kid-friendly food items on weekends during the school year. Each back pack includes four kid-friendly meals comprised of nutritious items, such as cereal, shelf-stable milk and 100% juice boxes.
According to Feeding America’s most recent Map the Meal Gap report, almost one in four children in North Carolina lacks access to enough food to live a healthy, active life. In collaboration with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and other program partners, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is helping to turn the tables on childhood hunger across its 18-county service area through the BackPack Program and other initiatives targeted to addressing the problem of hunger among children. Targeted schools are those most in need, with 50% or more of enrolled students qualifying for the free/reduced price school meal program.