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Guilford Backpack Ministry


Our Mission is to follow Jesus' instructions to feed the children.





What do we do?

Since 2010 the Northwest Guilford Area Backpack Ministry (NWGABP Ministry) at Oak Ridge UMC has been providing a backpack of nutritious food to food-insecure students to take home on Fridays after school.  Without this food, many of these students would return to school on Monday having eaten little food over the weekend.


Who do we help?

We are helping our neighbors. Any student in the federal free and reduced lunch program in the Northwest Guilford Schools we support are eligible. Currently, we are serving:

  • Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Northern, and Summerfield Elementary
  • NW Middle and High Schools,
  • Northern Middle and High Schools
  • Summerfield Charter and Greensboro Academy
If you are a family in our community that needs assistance, please ask your school counselor for an application.

What does a child receive?

Weekly Food – A rotating menu of foods containing:

  • Ingredients for two family meals, complete with protein and side items
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Family portion breakfast and/or lunch items
  • Snacks for the following school week

Extras – Primarily through donations we also provide:

  • School supplies
  • Winter hats and gloves
  • A gift card for their birthday
  • Prepared family holiday meals two-to-three times a year
  • Eligibility to participate in a local Christmas Store
1 in 4 children in our school district do not have access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Hungry children are distracted and struggle to concentrate in class.

How can I get involved?

Donate Food *

Every donated item is one less that we have to purchase.  Any of our menu items can be dropped in the lobby of Oak Ridge United Methodist Church at the address on the bottom of this page. Just beyond the office entrance, there is a cabinet marked “Backpacks” where you can place your donation.

Volunteer Your Time

We are 100% staffed by volunteers. We’d love for you to join us for a pack, help deliver, host a food drive, or assist with a special project. Contact us at NWGABP Ministry.

We are 100% staffed by volunteers. This means 95% of your financial contribution is used to purchase food and roughly 5% is used to purchase backpacks, birthday cards and other supplies necessary for our operation.

Make A Financial Contribution

A full student sponsorship for a school year is $315, $157.50 pays for 1/2 a year and $630 pays for two students.  But any size, any amount is greatly appreciated and goes towards feeding the children!

Please click on the button below if you would like to make an online donation.  If you would like to mail a check, please make it out to ORUMC - Backpacks and send it to 2424 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge, NC 27310.  Always remember to provide your email and phone number.


A sponsorship includes the cost of:

  • Weekend food
  • $15 birthday gift card
  • Extra food on teacher work days and holidays
  • 3 Fresh holiday meals
  • Snack - Packs for the school week

Donation Items That Are Always Needed

Help fill our shelves for the new school year.  Please purchase and donate any of the key menu items listed below:


  • Peanut Butter (16oz, PLASTIC jar)
  • Canned Ravioli (15 oz)
  • Canned Vegetables (14.5oz – Green Beans, Peas, Carrots)
  • Microwave Popcorn (box of wrapped pouches)
  • Instant Oatmeal (box of single serving packets)
  • Snack Items – i.e. granola bars, peanut butter crackers, Cheez-Its and Goldfish singles, Rice Crispy Treats
  • Canned Tuna (5 oz)
  • Canned Chicken (12.5oz box)

“Our backpack kids eagerly receive their food bags and are so grateful.  Their teachers are appreciative too, because it’s so much easier to pay attention in class when you aren’t hungry or worried about your next meal.”

- School Volunteer

It takes a community to make this Ministry a success! Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations that have partnered with us over the years.

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Last Published: May 31, 2022 10:52 AM
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