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BackPack program, High Point

BackPack program, High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The number of elementary school kids at risk of hunger who will get backpacks filled with nutritious food for weekends during the school year will grow to 350 from 250, thanks to a $20,000, two-year grant from the American Express Foundation and donors to United Way of Greater High Point.

The BackPack program, offered by United Way in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, was launched in April 2010, with 80 kids initially getting weekend lunch packs, thanks to startup funding from the High Point Community Foundation.

With the average cost of feeding child each weekend during the school year costs $5, the expansion will provide lunches for an additional 25 students in High Point and 75 in Archdale-Trinity.

Many United Way donors, including two who each gave $10,000, designate individual contributions to support the BackPack program, which also has received grants totaling $60,000 from the Wal-Mart Foundation, Reynolds American Foundation, and Truliant Federal Credit Union.

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