Hickory – Hickory Elks Lodge #1654 annual food and funds drive for the Catawba County Backpack Program is well underway!  This very important community program serves our children from elementary school to high school by providing a backpack full of healthy food for the weekend throughout the school year.  The Backpack Program relies on donations from local individuals, churches, businesses and service organizations. Their sole mission is to remove hunger as a barrier to good education and reduce the impact of poverty on children and families.

BackpackThis year is the Hickory Elks 6th Annual Backpack Program Fund and Food Drive.  The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that “Elks Care and Elks Share.”  “The Backpack Program touched our hearts several years ago and our commitment to this very worthy cause speaks to what we do as fellow Elks. Sometimes we forget how much need there is in our own community. 100% of your donation goes directly toward feeding the children,” said Carole Anderson, Committee Chair for the Elks Lodge Backpack Program.  Last year the Elks exceeded their goal again by donating $25,000 in food and funds to the program.  Food donations are accepted through September and October at the Elks Lodge along with monetary donations.  You can drop off donations Mon – Thur & Sat any time after 3PM and Fri & Sun after 1PM.  A $120 donation will sponsor a child for an entire school year.

The culmination of the Elks collection efforts ends with a dinner and dance evening.  This year’s event will feature a “BBQ Chicken Dinner Night” with Entertainment by The Cameron Matthews Band.  The event will be held November 4th at 6PM at the Hickory Elks Lodge at 356 Main Ave NW.  Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any Elk member or directly from the Elks Lodge. Take out dinners will be available. The community is welcome to join the event and get in on the Silent Auction and Door Prizes.

To find out more information about the event and to donate to The Catawba County Backpack Program with the Elks please contact Committee Chair, Carole Anderson at caroleanderson@charter.net or call the Elks Lodge at 828-312-7476.