TABLE, a Carrboro-based organization that serves elementary school children who are food insecure, is expanding its program to include preschool and middle school children.
“It only makes sense,” said Ashton Chatham Tippins, executive director of TABLE.
“We’ve been receiving requests from middle schoolers and preschoolers, but due to our mission statement of feeding elementary schoolers, we’ve been unable to serve them until now.”
The Weekend Meal Backpack Program provides assistance to children who might not have access to food over the weekend by distributing backpacks stuffed with food at schools on Friday afternoons.
TABLE has been operating with area elementary schools since 2008, when the organization made its first delivery to 12 children, according to a press release. TABLE currently serves 277 children through elementary schools, after-school centers and nonprofits.
Virginia Gilbert, a parent volunteer at Rashkis Elementary School, created a partner program just for Rashkis called Adopt-A-Bag.
At Rashkis Elementary, TABLE and Adopt-A-Bag were initially feeding 30 kids per weekend. Now they feed 84.
“The need has continually increased,” Tippins said.