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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- BackPack Beginnings--the organization responsible for feeding more than 1,100 Greensboro children in Title 1 schools each week--is calling on more community members to volunteer for the growing organization's four programs.

Tuesday, May 13, BackPack Beginnings will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. at its headquarters at 3714 Alliance Drive, Suite 105 in Greensboro.

BackPack Beginnings founder Parker White said the goal of the organization is to eventually expand to all Title 1 schools and Head Start programs in Guilford County.

Currently, the organization's two largest programs are its food and comfort backpack programs. White said the "Food BackPacks" program is a feeding initiative in which children are given a backpack one time, and that backpack is replenished before each weekend. The objective is to ensure children who are on free and reduced lunch programs do not go hungry on non-school days. White said more than 1,200 children will be in this feeding program next year.

The "Comfort BackPacks" program provides more than one thousand backpacks--stocked with gender-specific "comfort" items, like bears, blankets, kid-friendly toiletries--to children in traumatic situations. White explained these children are typically referred by DSS and other agencies.

White said she encourages anyone interested in helping out with BackPack Beginnings to attend the open house, at which attendees can take a tour, talk with existing volunteers and eat complimentary food catered by the Fresh Market.

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