Currituck Community Supports Backpacks

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Various community organizations and individuals in Currituck have stepped up in a big way to ensure that funding is secured for the Currituck 4-H Backpacks for Kids weekend feeding program. This program provides nutritious meals for students who are identified by school staff as being food insecure. Meals are sent home with the students each weekend throughout the school year. This program is supported 100% through community donations, corporate donations, in addition to grant funds, and typically serves approximately 100 Currituck County students each week.

In addition to corporate donations from individuals, churches, and local businesses, the program has been the beneficiary of two grants recently. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 to direct to a nonprofit organization in their local community to help feed the hungry, purchase lifesaving equipment, support ag youth programs, buy classroom resources and more. Mr. Manly West was a 2018 recipient of the grant and chose to direct the funds to benefit the Currituck 4-H Backpacks program. Mr. West has been a long time supporter of this initiative.

The Wild Goose Rotary Club was also the recipient of a community grant that designated the Currituck 4-H Backpacks program as the beneficiary. In addition to a $600 cash donation, local Rotarians are assisting with delivery and logistics. The Currituck 4-H Backpacks for Kids program wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the generosity of all the donors and granting organizations thus far in 2018.

There is still work to be done! How can you help? Community monetary donations are always needed. Approximate cost to feed one child monthly is twenty dollars. Citizens can visit the 4-H Backpacks for Kids website for details about the program or to make contributions. Donations can also be received at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center located at 120 Community Way in Barco. Checks should be made payable to the Currituck Extension Foundation. The Currituck Extension Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation that receives support from the North Carolina Community Foundation. For more information, contact Cameron Lowe, County Extension Director at 252.232.2261 or cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu.

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Cameron Lowe receives the donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program on behalf of Manly West to support the Currituck 4-H Backpacks for Kids weekend feeding program

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Cameron Lowe receives the donation from Rotarian, Paul O’Neal to support the Currituck 4-H Backpacks for Kids weekend feeding program