The Sharing Center’s Children’s Pantry and Backpack Outreach is an innovative pantry program that puts healthy, child-appropriate food in the neediest little hands. We are proud to offer a program committed to serving hungry children year round. This is described as a dual program because it addresses food insecurity for the family AND the children. During the school year, a large family portion of canned & dried food staples, eggs, frozen meat, and other items are delivered to the family home. Ninetyeight percent of these households do not ever visit the Sharing Center Pantry. Often special items like milk, fresh veggies, gift cards, and school supplies are donated to supplement. During the school year, healthy backpacks go home through the school each week, insuring that the children always have food to eat. In addition, our strong partnership with the Migrant Education Coordinator for Ashe County has been very successful in working with families with children who work in agriculture. The Children’s Pantry & Backpack Outreach has also provided daily snacks and weekend backpacks for ALL children in ALL three elementary schools who have been in Literacy Camp over the summers. These are some of our neediest communities.

The contents of a typical Children's Backpack