WFU community to pack meals on Thursday, Nov. 20, for hungry children in Forsyth County

A group of Wake Forest University students and volunteers will pack 600 meals on Thursday, Nov. 20, for children who attend public schools in Forsyth County.

The Forsyth Backpack Program, the WFU Resident Student Association and Delta Zeta will host a meal packing event at 7 p.m. in the parlor of first-year residence South Hall.

The event is a part of the Forsyth Backpack Program, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Law Professor Barbara Lentz with assistance from then law student Matt Gass (’12) through Law Professor Steve Virgil’s Community Law and Business Clinic.

Many of these children don’t have access to food when they go home over the weekend and on breaks, Lentz explained.

“Thursday’s event will give people an opportunity to prepare and provide the food these kids need during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks from class.”

More than half of the public school students in the county have free breakfast and lunch at school, but a large number face food insecurity on weekends and school holidays, according to Lentz.

“Hunger doesn’t take a vacation,” she added. “Advancing Pro Humanitate, which encompasses education, kindness and generosity of spirit, is a fundamental commitment of Wake Forest University, and I am so pleased to support our shared mission. The event is open to the Wake Forest community to serve our larger community and to cultivate engagement.”

Learn more about the Forsyth Backpack Program here.