The Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun held its Friendsgiving Dinner on Friday, to raise money for the backpack buddies programs in Loudoun County Public Schools.
The event, held at River Creek Club, is the foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. As of Tuesday, the organization’s president and founder, Daniel L. Hampton, said he and his team were still calculating how much was raised. Last year, the fundraiser brought in $100,000.
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. Last school year, 82 schools and 3,683 students Loudoun in participated in backpack buddies programs.