No Child Goes Hungry (NCGH) is pleased to donate non-perishable food items to the Little Bulldogs Backpack Program. The initiative provides weekend meals for low-income elementary students in Cleveland County, North Carolina.
The Little Bulldogs Backpack Program was founded and is operated by Lou Ann Scates, an employee of Gardner-Webb University (GWU). The program currently provides weekend meals for 43 low-income students at two different elementary schools in Cleveland County. Most program funds are raised via individual and congregational donations and at an annual Parade of Tables fundraising dinner in which participants pay to decorate and fill tables with diners.
“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we could not hold our annual Parade of Tables fundraiser last year, which is critical to our operations, and which typically results in around $5,000 in donations,” said Kathryn Ervin, a volunteer with the Little Bulldogs Backpack Program and the Acquisitions Librarian at GWU. “We are extremely grateful to individuals and entities like No Child Goes Hungry for stepping up to help us fill the gaps and fill the packs this year.”
“I am inspired and endlessly grateful for young people such as the team at GWU, with the support of their leaders, who are learning what it takes to pick up the mantle of food insecurity,” said Rev. Kären Rasmussen, NCGH Founder and Director. “I encourage more universities, colleges, and schools to consider their opportunity to support children and families in their community in the battle against childhood hunger. Let’s feed some kids!”
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