In 2008, BCSS began a partnership with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia to provide weekend food bags to our students. Unfortunately, under this program, BCSS was only able to serve a limited number of students from 2008-2017 and many students remained on a "waitlist" to receive weekend meals.
During 2018, Feeding Barrow became a collaborative program between the Barrow County School System and three partner agencies (New Path 1010, Nothing But the Truth and the Food Bank of NEGA) to provide weekend sacks of kid-friendly food to K-12 children who do not have enough to eat from Fridays to Sundays. These meal bags are discreetly sent home on Friday afternoon with 400 of our most at risk students each school week. Together with these three agencies, we are now providing over 400 students with meals bags for the weekend and have NO students on a waitlist to receive food.
In 2022, the Feeding Barrow Committee expanded the program, not just to feed students but to also provide other basic needs. For many of our students in Barrow County, school is not only a place of learning but a safe haven. Many of them are unsure where their next meal and or warm outfit is going to come from so, with your help, we are able to keep them healthy, and ready to learn.
As our partnership with these three agencies continues to grow, our fundraising campaign changed to share funding with these partners in fighting childhood hunger in Barrow County. We are grateful to invest 100% of your donations directly towards assisting children in our schools with food and other basic necessities. Every donation is also tax deductible.
For more information, please email Laura Etheridge at Laura.Etheridge@barrow.k12.ga.us.
Donations can be mailed to Feeding Barrow, 179 W. Athens St. Winder, GA 30680.
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