A recent cook out fundraiser raised a significant amount of money for children in the community.

Last Thursday the cook out benefit for Feeding God’s Children Backpack Program raised just at $2,000. Over 200 pork chop sandwiches, 90 grilled chicken sandwiches, and 48 half chickens were sold at the event in front of the Butler Gym.

The Backpack Program supplies easy to prepare meals every weekend for school aged children who may not otherwise have opportunities to eat. Students receive the meals in nondescript bags on Fridays or before extended breaks.

Joni Phelps, EFNAP Agent at the Caldwell County Extension Office, who coordinates the Backpack Program, said that the amount raised last Thursday will feed 16 children all year. The program currently serves over 100 children and with current costs at $120 per child per year, the program is still in need of donations for just this school year alone.

Those who wish to give monetary donations may do so by stopping by the Caldwell County Extension Office located on Highway 62 West in Princeton. Community members may also donate food but all donated foods must be taken from a pre-approved food list, which can be found here.