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Local Businesses Aid Backpacks for Kids Program

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Center in Currituck County recently received a huge boost to its Backpacks for Kids program.  Two local businesses, SAGA Construction and Carolina Designs, made a significant joint donation to help Currituck 4-H provide weekend meals for elementary school children in needy families.

Backpacks for Kids provides each child in the program with a backpack full of kid-friendly food supplies on Friday afternoons during the school year. The food is intended to last the child through the weekend, when they may be faced with a food shortage in their household.

To help provide supplies for Backpacks for Kids, SAGA Construction and Carolina Designs came together to donate $4,000 at the beginning of October.

Currituck 4-H has sponsored the Backpacks for Kids program since 2011 and currently serves more than 170 elementary school children in Currituck County. It received the Non-Profit of the Year Award in 2013 from the Currituck Chamber of Commerce for the success of the program.

To learn more about the Backpacks for Kids program, and how you can get involved by making a donation, contact Ellen Owens, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County, at (252) 232-2261, or visit the program website at

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