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How can kids help?

Kids can be leaders in innovative hunger relief, too! We are constantly inspired by the enthusiasm and generosity of kids in our community. Some (like Elle, or Campbell and Joe Thomas) ask for donations instead of gifts for their birthdays. Like the Riehs, they and their families host food and fund drive parties. Some, like William, even ask grocery stores for partnership and get community support!

Food and Fund Drives

Here’s a list of the items we need most — for BackPack Buddies and School Pantries. We cannot accept prepared food unless it is prepared in a commercial kitchen. Food and fund drives are great ways to teach kids about hunger and show them that they can have an impact!

Want a new idea for celebrating  your child’s birthday? Invite the kids to bring BackPack Buddies food items. Let us know when you drop off the food and we’ll send your child a special thank you card!

Plant a Row for the Hungry is another great way to get kids involved! Kids can help by growing fruits and veggies to donate to their neighbors in need with backyard, community, or school gardens!


Field Gleaning is a great volunteer opportunity for kids – we welcome children with families or parents and groups with adequate adult supervision (age policy included).

We also welcome groups of kids with supervision to help pack BackPacks for kids and Grocery Bags for Seniors in our warehouse. Find more information on our volunteer page and contact with questions and to schedule a time to volunteer!

Coloring Pages

Coloring in these BackPack Buddies pages is a great way to start a conversation with your child about hunger in our community. This page, with info on childhood hunger in NC, can help you get started.

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