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The Backpack Program
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Phone: (828) 695-5600


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3030 11th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602

Mailing Address:
PO Box 669
Newton, NC 28658

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The Backpack Mission

To provide weekend nourishment to students in Catawba County who are hungry on the weekends. The Program provides each child with dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks each weekend throughout the school year.
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    How the Backpack Program Works

    The Backpack Program works with schools throughout the county to provide children with a backpack filled with food every Friday throughout the school year. The program seeks to assist children who participate in the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program or families who temporarily find themselves choosing between food and other living expenses.

    Parents apply for the program through their child’s school counselor.

    Local churches, civic organizations, and businesses serve as the volunteers that pack the bags each week and deliver them to the schools. Hickory Soup Kitchen provides warehouse space for the program. The program utilizes a direct relationship with local food distributors to purchase program food at cost rather than paying retail. The program is primarily funded through donations received by individuals, civic organizations, churches, businesses and the efforts of several annual fundraising events.

    It only costs $120 to sponsor a child in need to receive a backpack every Friday throughout the school year!

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    Send donations to Catawba County Department of Social Services at:
    PO BOX 669
    Newton, NC 28658
    Include contact information to receive a letter as confirmation for tax purposes.

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