For Lou Ann Scates, taking care of hungry children in the surrounding area is extremely important and always has been. “When my son was growing up and going to school, I saw kids in his class that I knew were going to bed hungry,” recalled Scates, Gardner-Webb Registrar. “I could not imagine a little kid not having enough to eat.”
While discussing the problem with Susan Manahan, Assistant Professor of Biology at Gardner-Webb, an idea was born—The Little Bulldog Backpack Program. Since that day about five years ago, the program has been providing underprivileged children from Springmore Elementary School in Boiling Springs, N.C., with healthy food delivered in backpacks every two weeks. The program strives to provide a variety of food items that are healthy and filling. Presently, 36 children are receiving food.
Donations of individually packaged, non-perishable food items for the Little Bulldog Backpack Program may be brought to the GWU Registrar’s Office, located in the Dover Campus Center on Gardner-Webb’s main campus. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and donations can be brought in any weekday. Cash donations are accepted, and volunteers are also needed.