Backpack Buddies


WTXY - KOOL 103.9 FM & 1540 AM Supports Backpack Buddies

We support the Columbus Baptist Association's Backpack Buddies Ministry.  

Why Your Help is Needed

 Without access to free or reduced school lunch, many children struggle with hunger over the weekend. For these children, the weekend is often viewed with anxiety and apprehension over what they will eat. Children who lack access to nutritious foods over the weekend then show up to school suffering from dizziness, nausea, and have difficulty concentrating. Behavioral issues often go hand in hand with these complaints. The Backpack Program was thus created to ensure our kids show up to school Monday morning happy, healthy, ready and able to learn. 

Twenty-two million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. What happens when they go home over the weekend?  For many, there is nothing to eat.  That's where the Backpack Buddies Ministry can help these kids, so they have something nutritious to eat over the weekend.

The Backpack Buddies Ministry in Columbus County in run by the Columbus County Baptists Association and KOOL 103.9 FM & 1540 AM have partnered with them to help.

Would You Like To Help?

You can help by purchasing individual sized food items like in the picture to donate.  Individual items are appreciated, but cases of individual sized items would do the most help.  You can donate your items at any drop off location listed below.  There is also a monthly "Packing Party" where volunteers get together and pack the items for the kids.  

Drop Off Locations


208 South Thompson Street

Whiteville, NC  28422

KOOL 103.9 FM & 1540 AM Studios
1017 South Madison Street
Whiteville, NC  28472

Dr. Timothee Orthodontics

900 Spivey Road

Whiteville, NC  28472

More Drop Off Locations Announced Soon...

Packing Party!

Once a month Volunteers are needed to help pack the items up for the kids