Fairgrove Resource Center backpack program needs donations

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- The Fairgrove Family Resource Center in Thomasville says its Nutrition On Weekends program is struggling to get food to students in need.

Executive Director Terri Fisher says the backpack program is facing record-low donations and cuts in local funding this school year.

"We've never been in as dire a situation as we are in now," Fisher said.

The program has only received $8,200 in donations, that’s one-third of the $26,000 needed to fill the backpacks.

About 180 students from three Davidson County schools are part of the program.

Fisher says funding is so low, they don’t know when they’ll be able to get bags to students.

"I'm so fearful because I've never been in the position of calling schools and saying, ‘You understand I don't have the funding to be able to start this program,’" Fisher said.

Fisher says backpacks are normally sent out and delivered to students by Sept. 15.

For more on how to donate to the program, visit fgfrc.org.