1786 Mathis Church Road
Catawba, North Carolina 28609
Phone 828-241-2161


Backpacks for Kids

The Backpacks for Kids program at Catawba Elementary School provides food for students to take home for the weekend. Area churches, individuals and local businesses sponsor the program. It is designed to meet the need of hungry children over weekends and school breaks during the school year. The food is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified.

Students may qualify for the program if they are part of the free or reduced lunch program or if a family has short-term needs such as family illness or job loss. Parents sign their children up for the program, but there is no criteria. Some children are chosen based on teacher recommendations.

Filled backpacks normally contain two breakfast items, five snack items and five lunch/dinner items for each elementary student in the family. The backpacks full of food are distributed on Friday mornings. On Mondays, the students are expected to bring the backpacks back. If they are not back by Friday, students will not get food to take home that weekend. Currently volunteers pack 63 backpacks supplying 100 children with food for the weekend.

There is a small conference room in the school devoted to the program. Storage shelves are stocked with food that is packed into the backpacks for distribution to the classrooms.

Donations of food could include:

    cans of vegetables, chili, Spaghetti-Os, soup, chicken, tuna, Vienna sausages, potted meat, peanut butter
    boxes of macaroni and cheese, cereal, grits, oatmeal, poptarts, fruit cups, applesauce, Ramen noodles, rice, pasta
    juice boxes, hot chocolate mix
    pudding cups, popcorn, chips, cheese crackers, snack cakes, cookies, nutrition bars, raisins, nuts
    and more. Both individual and normal serving sizes are welcome as we have a number of backpacks that serve two children in one family. Please NO foods in glass containers or foods that have expired dates.

Call Catawba Elementary School at 828-241-3131 for more information or to make donations. Donations of food or money are always welcome. Checks may be made payable to Catawba Elementary School and mailed to:

Backpacks for Kids Program
Catawba Elementary School
5415 Hudson Chapel Road
Catawba, NC 28609

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