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The Fund for Haywood County recently awarded a $4,000 grant to St. Andrews Episcopal Church to help meet the increasing demand for nutritious food and hygiene products for homeless and/or hungry children in the community.

The Backpacks of Love program provides food and hygiene supplies to Haywood County school children who are homeless and hungry.

The weekly goal is to provide nutritious, well-balanced food in each backpack, as well as hygiene products including toilet tissue, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo for more than 80 children.

The food we provide contains ample protein, carbohydrates and all necessary vitamins. The number of homeless and/or hungry children in the community has doubled over the last year.

Funding for the program is funded by donations, small grants and fundraising. The work of the program is supported by community volunteer efforts from multiple church groups.

Individuals can get  involved in this program by donating to St. Andrew’s Backpack of Love, PO Box 947, Canton, NC 28716.

The Fund for Haywood County is an affiliate of CFWNC established in 1994 by a group of local residents. The Fund grows through tax-deductible contributions.

Gifts are added to the principal, which is preserved and invested. The returns are used to make grants to support nonprofits in Haywood County.

Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 117 grants totaling more than $1,000,000.

The local volunteer Advisory Board works to raise awareness of The Fund for Haywood County and to build assets for the future.

For more information about The Fund for Haywood County or the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund, contact Advisory Board Chair Christine Mallette at 828-734-0570.

To make a gift, donate online at or by mail to P.O. Box 627, Waynesville, NC 28786-0627.

Checks should be made out to CFWNC, noting “Fund for Haywood County” in the memo line. Contributions of any size are welcome and will enable the Fund to support more programs with local dollars.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource with assets of $311 million that facilitated more than $18 million in charitable giving last year.

CFWNC supports the growth of its affiliate funds to extend the benefits of philanthropy across the region. To learn more about The Community Foundation and its affiliates, visit

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