By Caroline Boras
The Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun donated $41,000 to 18 local groups that support backpack buddies programs in Loudoun County Public Schools this month.
“This is by far the biggest donation we’ve made,” said Daniel L. Hampton, president and founder of the Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun.
The foundation provides food and financial donations to backpack buddies programs, which help feed food-insecure students over the weekends. Backpack buddies programs typically send cereal, milk, hearty soup or ravioli, tuna, applesauce and snacks home with students each Friday.
Hampton said the “generous individuals” who support the foundation helped raise some of the $41,000, but attributed the bulk of the fundraising to the organization’s annual Friendsgiving Dinner and Auction, held in November.
The 18 grant recipients—including churches, schools, PTAs and food pantries—received a range of $500-$15,000, depending on the number of students they support. This school year, 82 schools and 3,683 students participated in backpack buddies programs in Loudoun.
“Our donations today are only the beginning,” Hampton said in a press release. “We look forward to continuing our partnership to provide meals to students in need and working towards our mutual goal of eliminating the current food insecurity issue that thousands of students face daily.”
BBFL’s next major fundraising event is its third annual Friendsgiving Dinner and Auction on Nov. 10, but they also participate in smaller fundraisers. Hampton said the organization recently partnered with the Ben & Jerry’s at the Dulles Town Center for their Free Cone Day, raising $1,400.