Hope for the Warriors, Food Lion team up for backpack program


MCAS NEW RIVER, Onslow County - Nearly 200 military children received backpacks full of food on Thursday.

The backpacks are part of an effort between Hope for the Warriors and Food Lion to help military families who struggle with food insecurity. Marine Corps Air Station New River hosted the event at the Chaplain Annex.

The backpacks are stuffed with food, school supplies and personal hygiene items. Hope for the Warriors and Food Lion worked to give away over 1,000 pounds of nonperishable food to military and veteran families. They also helped stock a food bank on base at one of the chapels.

Organizers said Hope for the Warriors uses comprehensive case management to identify families in need.

"We're really focused on the well being of each of those individuals and families as a whole," said Christopher Sharon, Chief Operating Officer for Hope for the Warriors. "So through that case management, we're able to understand some of the needs and struggles that some of those families have and through that process we're able to understand who we can best help."

Organizers said one of their goals is to help alleviate the burden of food insecurity for military families. It's also the first of may partnerships between MCAS New River, Hope for the Warriors and Food Lion.

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