When you’re hungry, it’s not easy to listen and learn in school. For some students, hunger is an obstacle to getting a good education. But for the last four years, the Backpack Weekend Food Program has been helping at-risk children succeed by making sure they get enough to eat over the weekend.
Long before the first classroom lessons begin each school day, Gaston County Schools’ buses are on the road. Each morning and afternoon, they transport 16,000 children to and from school and travel a total of 12,000 miles.
The Gaston County Schools central kitchen is the only one of its kind in North and South Carolina, and it makes for healthier, tastier school lunches. Instead of processed and pre-packaged food, many items on the menu in our school cafeterias are made from scratch with whole ingredients.