Thursday, 15 August 2019 18:17

Enviva donates $2K to BackPack Pals of Richmond County

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HAMLET — A Richmond County charity has received another recent donation from a local corporation.


Last month, Enviva Biomass donated $2,000 to BackPack Pals of Richmond County to help the nonprofit’s mission of providing “nutritional weekend meals and snacks to children whose primary source of food is the school cafeteria.”

"Simply put, if it wasn’t for faithful supporters our Backpack Pals program wouldn’t exist,” said Public Relations Director Kim Lindsey. “Enviva's generosity will make an immediate difference in the lives of the Richmond County children participating in our program."

This is the second year Eviva has given to the cause.

“Kim does a super job with the program, so we’re really pleased to be able to help out,” said Christopher Brown, community relations manager for Enviva. “You don’t always think about kids going home with nothing to eat (over the weekend).”

Enviva opened a wood pellet plant on N.C. 177, north of Hamlet, about a month ago.

Brown said the company plans to have employees volunteer their time to help pack the bags in the near future “as another part of our commitment to the program.”

BackPack Pals, a nationally recognized program, doesn’t receive any federal government funding, but instead relies on volunteers, grants and donations from the community.

CSX Corporation recently awarded BackPack Pals a $2,500 Community Service Grant.

For more information about the program, or to make a donation, contact Kim Lindsey at 910-331-4196 or visit the website at www.BackpackPalsRC.com.