The Backpack Program serves children in thirty four local schools who face hunger on the weekends in Catawba County. Each week of the school year over 1,200 children receive a bag full of food. The Backpack Program is in existence because of the community's constant support in the form of volunteers and donors giving their time, talent, and treasures. The program is led by volunteers and is completely reliant on the generous hearts of local donors.

The Backpack Program is a county-wide program that works with groups of volunteers and sponsors from each school. Food is purchased in bulk, at cost, in order to be the best steward of donations given. Once bulk purchases are made they are distributed to each school based on how many students receive a backpack full of food each week throughout the school year. Doing it this way only costs $144 for a child to receive food every Friday throughout the school year! Faithful volunteers come and pack bags of food each week at our warehouse facility located at 1925 Tate Blvd SE, Hickory, NC.

The partnership The Backpack Program has with all three local school systems, community partners, numerous churches, service organizations, and businesses makes the program capable of serving so many children for such a low cost.

Come fight local childhood hunger and help us remove hunger as a barrier to a good education! Help us speak HOPE to the children and families of Catawba County.

For more information on this program, please contact Amanda Freeland, Backpack Program Coordinator, at or 828-640-FOOD (3663).


*Please note that the Backpack Program is located at a different location.
Backpack Program Warehouse
1925 Tate Blvd SE
Hickory, NC 28602