We have partnered with agencies across northeast North Carolina to provide hungry children with much needed, nutritious food items on the weekend during the school year. Many children participate in free and reduced food programs through school systems, however, these programs only operate Monday-Friday. Backpack programs are able to provide two breakfasts and two lunches to help children return to school on Monday morning ready to learn.
Backpacks are filled with nutritious, kid-friendly food that is distributed to children to take home on the weekend. This program is designed to ensure children that might go without have access to healthy food over the weekend.
- Monthly Report (Download)
- Opt-Out Letter (Download)
- Referral Form Example (Download)
- Backpack Site Content (Download)
Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
Through CACFP, more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive.
Learn more at the official CACFP web site.
Mobile Food Pantry
Food Bank of the Albemarle operates a mobile food pantry each month to reach those that are too far away from a traditional pantry. Click here to learn more about this program.
Summer Feeding Program
In order to help combat hunger during the summer months while kids are out of school, we have started a summer feeding program. While there are many programs to ensure children are nourished during the school year, such as free and reduced cost breakfast and lunch, as well as backpack programs and school pantries, the summer months can present challenges to reaching kids in need.
The summer feeding program will operate at multiple sites where kids who are 18 and under can access breakfast and cold and hot lunches during the summer.
The list of Summer Feeding Sites for 2017 will be updated here.