Foundation sets up BackPack Fund

HIGH POINT – Parker White announces that her organization, BackPack Beginnings, has established a donor advised fund at the High Point Community Foundation.

BackPack Beginnings sends school-aged children home with backpacks full of food on the weekends during the school year, according to the organization’s website. BackPack Beginnings also holds food drives to supplement the backpacks.

“I started BackPack Beginnings in Greensboro and have been working with Guilford County Schools for a couple years now, and we have had great success reaching out to young people by using the public schools and Head Start programs as our distribution venue,” White said.

More than 52 percent of children in the Guilford County Schools are on free or reduced-price lunches, and the statistics for High Point schools are even higher.

“We have way too many youngsters who are coming to school hungry, and these children already have many challenges to deal with. This is just unacceptable, and I know that Parker and her BackPack Beginnings organization will touch many young lives – we encourage everyone to support this program,” said Paul Lessard, president of the High Point Community Foundation.

The program worked with Oak Hill Elementary School this past school year, and she will be expanding to six more locations in High Point at the start of the 2011-12 school year – Union Hill Elementary, Northwood Elementary, Johnson Street Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Montlieu Elementary and the Macedonia Head Start Program. BackPack Beginnings partners with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. For more information, check the website

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