Meeting the Needs of Hungry Children...Backpack Buddies Program
The BackPack Buddies Program provides children in Cartersville City and Bartow County schools from food-insecure homes with weekend meals during the school year. Local corporations, civic groups, churches and individuals help collect and pack bags with kid-friendly non-perishable food. The children receive a backpack containing nutritious, self-serve food that will sustain them when school meals are not available. The children are selected by school principals, guidance counselors, social workers and various after school programs who identify the “at-risk” child. The program began as a pilot project in Fall 2010 serving 60 students. The program was sponsored by the Community Foundation. We are currently serving 240 students in the four city schools and 750 in the county schools.