Because a Hungry Child Cannot Learn


Mission: To provide nutritious weekend meals to food-insecure children in Rowan-Salisbury Schools through the creation of local coalitions, working together to improve our community

Vision: All Rowan-Salisbury School students are well-nourished to enable them to achieve their full potential

Our Priority: Ensure all children in Rowan County get the healthy food they need to succeed

  • According to Feeding America, 8,920 children in Rowan County were food insecure in 2013
  • U.S. Census data for 2013 revealed that 25, 159 Rowan County residents were impoverished, and the percent of poor children in the county was higher than the national average
  • Researchers at Bread of the World report that North Carolina is the 5th hungriest and 12th poorest state in the nation
  • Bread of the World estimates 1 of every 4 children in the state is poor, and over 166,000 of them are under age 5

What We Do: Provide easy-to-prepare shelf-stable weekend meals to food-insecure school children throughout Salisbury and Rowan County

  • Connects kids in need with nutritious food
  • Improve physical, emotional, and social development
  • Engage the community to end child hunger

How We Do It: Create a partnership of organizations, such as churches, businesses, civic organizations and foundations, working together to feed hungry children

  • Volunteers and corporations donate money to fund contents of each backpack
  • Food is purchased and stored at FFT’s warehouse space in the lower level of the Rowan Helping Ministries facility
  • Volunteers sort and pack the food in plastic shopping bags weekly
  • Prepackaged bags are delivered by volunteers to schools each Thursday morning
  • Bags are placed into backpacks by school liaisons and sent home with children on Friday afternoon
  • Empty backpacks are returned each Monday for the process to start again
  • For several schools, volunteers pickup food supply monthly and pre-pack/deliver bags to schools weekly as a mission project

Because a hungry child cannot learn.

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