CFGG 2011-12 Annual Report: Parker White

“I knew after I had my first child that I wanted to do something that made a big impact on children and our community,” says Parker White. So she established BackPack Beginnings.

Started in January 2010 as a charitable purpose fund at The Community Foundation and in partnership with Guilford Child Development and Second Harvest Food Bank, BackPack Beginnings has been a huge success, providing over 600 school-aged kids at risk of hunger with backpacks full of nutritious, nonperishable, child-friendly foods to take home over the weekends during the school year. BackPack Beginnings supplements government supported programs that only cover weekday meals. According to Guilford County School’s Nutrition Office, more than 56 percent of children in our school system – about 41,000 children – receive free or reduced lunches.

Now, along with Allison Cochran, Parker has added the Comfort BackPack Program, providing annually 1,500 backpacks filled with such things as personal hygiene items, school supplies, stuffed animals, books and blankets to abused/neglected, foster, homeless and refugee children.