Food Bank of the Albemarle is pleased to announce that Food Lion has awarded $10,000 to address the issue of child hunger in northeastern North Carolina.
The Food Bank has directed these funds to support backpack programs in two counties: the Eagles Wings Eaglet Backpack program in Beaufort County, and the Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public School Backpack program. Each program will receive $5,000 to provide backpacks filled with nourishing food to a total of 60 children each week through the end of the 17/18 school year.
The additional funding will allow the Eagles Wings Eaglets Program to provide an average of 150 children in Beaufort County schools with backpacks each week. The Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public School Backpack program will expand to serve over 200 children with packs.
“Food Bank of the Albemarle believes that everyone, especially children, should have access to nutritious food,” said Food Bank Executive Director Liz Reasoner. “We are excited to use the $10,000 from Food Lion Feeds to give children nourishing food to be their best when they return to school Monday mornings.”
According to Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” 15,500 children, 24%, are facing food insecurity. On days when school is in session, children have access to the free and reduced food programs provided by the school system. On weekends, however, food for these same children may be scarce. Through the Backpack Program, children who are signed up for the program are provided with a bag containing two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks to ensure they have access to healthy foods over the weekend.
For more information about Food Bank of the Albemarle and the School Backpack Program, visit www.afoodbank.org, or call Agency Relations Manager Katrina Schauland Watkins at 252-335-4035, ext. 108.
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