Backpack Pals for Richmond County

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Our Mission:
Backpack Pals for Richmond County provides nutritional weekend meals and snacks to children whose primary source of food is the school cafeteria.  With this program, we hope to reach children throughout the community and establish an effective outreach program to enrich the lives of those in need. 

2018-2019 Backpacks Distributed each week.

Monroe Avenue

West Rockingham

Fairview Heights

Washington St

East Rockingham Elementary

LJ Bell Elementary

Mineral Springs

Hamlet Middle

Cordova Middle

Rockingham Middle

Ellerebe Middle

Richmond Ninth Grade Academy


Purpose of Backpack Pals for Richmond County

The Backpack Pals is a nationally recognized program designed to meet the needs of hungry children, identified by school staff, who have little to eat over the weekend.  Backpack Pals programs have been shown to have a positive impact on a student’s behavior, attendance and academic achievement, as well as alleviating hunger.

Backpacks containing nutritious individual serving size breakfast and lunch items are sent home with the child on Fridays and then returned to the school on Mondays. Volunteers refill the empty backpacks and return them to the schools before Friday. Our backpacks are free of logos to protect the dignity and anonymity of the child.


United Way Day of Giving 2019

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