Community Support of MeaningFULL Meals Food Drive Especially Needed This Year

Greensboro, NC (July 10, 2023) – United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) is mobilizing the community throughout July with its annual MeaningFULL Meals program in partnership with The Volunteer Center (TVC) of the Triad and BackPack Beginnings (BPB).

Ten years ago, UWGG and TVC started MeaningFULL Meals as nutrition project that seeks food donations to help feed school children in need during summer break – and this year, the need is greater than ever before. 

With the increase of food prices during the past year there has been a decline in donations. Local food pantries also report serving more guests due to these rising prices and the cut in SNAP benefits, making this year’s MeaningFULL Meals drive especially needed.

BackPack Beginnings joined the partnership seven years ago and serves as the recipient of all food donations, dispersing them to children and families in the community.

Everyone in the community is invited to participate throughout the month of July.

Visit to learn more and choose from two easy options:

  1. Simply host a drive in July and drop off your donations at BackPack Beginnings by August 4.
  2. Bring your own food donations to The United Way of Greater Greensboro or BackPack Beginnings. Drops should be made Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“”BackPack Beginnings is thrilled to partner with The United Way of Greensboro again this summer for MeaningFULL meals. Summer is a difficult time for children who rely on school meals for most of their nutritional needs. With food prices up, donations down and SNAP cuts, the need for MeaningFULL meals is more important than ever. We are excited to get this food into the hands of children at Jackson, Wiley and Smith this summer.”said Parker White, Founder/Executive Director, BPB.


END LOCAL POVERTY: United Way of Greater Greensboro creates, connects, and leads community partnerships that equip and empower people to leave poverty. Nearly 52,000 children, adults, and families are living in poverty in the greater Greensboro area. Our strategy builds pathways out of poverty by: Helping youth transition from cradle to career, Helping adults land jobs and increase income, Providing access to basic needs and healthcare, and Bundling services that eliminate barriers at our nationally recognized Family Success Centers and innovative Guilford Success Network. With the community’s support, we will achieve our BOLD GOAL: As a community united in equity and lasting solutions, 3,000 households will leave generational poverty by 2030. The federal government defines poverty as a family of four earning $30,000 per year. According to local self-sufficiency standards many four-member households need to earn around $66,000 to meet basic needs without subsidized assistance. 

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