Feeding Hungry Children

Little Bulldog Backpack Program Expands to Include Students at Two Local Elementary Schools

Feeding Hungry Children

“No child deserves hunger,” is a statement that Gardner-Webb Registrar Lou Ann Scates believes with all her heart. She became passionate about the issue several years ago when her son was in elementary school. “It hits me deep and pulls at my soul,” Scates shares. “I saw kids in his class that I knew were going to bed hungry. I couldn’t imagine a little kid not having enough to eat.”

She discussed her concerns with GWU Biology Professor Susan Manahan. Both women immediately put their heads together, and the result of their brainstorming was the Little Bulldog Backpack  project. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization receives support from GWU and the community. Previously, the group provided non-perishable food items to students at Springmore Elementary School (Boiling Springs, N.C.), but this year, students at Boiling Springs Elementary School will also receive the backpacks.

The social workers have identified 25 children at each school who need food on the weekends. Through the week, these children eat breakfast and lunch at school with the help of free and reduced lunch programs.

Food is donated by GWU faculty, students, staff and the community. Also this year several churches in the Boiling Springs area—including Green Bethel, Poplar Springs, Flint Hill, Trinity, Crestview, Boiling Springs and Beaver Dam—have joined the effort. The backpacks are stuffed with food each week by students in the GWU chemistry honors club, Honors Program and a University 111 class. The bags are delivered to school bus drivers who give them to the kids as they head home for the weekend.

Gardner-Webb officials have designated November as “Feed Our Children” month. Everyone is encouraged to donate individually packaged non-perishable items for the backpack project.

To donate items to the Little Bulldog Backpack Project, contact Lou Ann Scates or call 704-406-4263