The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

BackPack Pals

Any future monetary donations, volunteer requests and food donations will need to go directly to
the Christians United Outreach Center (CUOC). CUOC is located at 2885 Lee Avenue, PO Box
2217, Sanford, NC 27331; 9197748485.
Teresa Dew Kelly can be reached at



BackPack Pals started in September 2008 by providing food to Lee County students who have little or nothing to eat on the weekend.  Children are identified as candidates for the program through input from teachers, counselors and school administration.  Food bags are sent home every Friday afternoon with 10-12 non-perishable, easy to fix food items.  Through community support this program has grown from 3 schools serving 40 students in 2008 to serving over 350 students in each elementary school plus Floyd Knight, San Lee Middle and Warren Williams children center.  Please consider supporting this program by volunteering your time, monetary donations or collecting food items.

Printable List for BPP

BackPack Pals Supply list

These need to be individually wrapped, non-perishable items, that

Are easy for children to open!


  • Ravioli
  • Spaghetti O’s
  • Beanie Weenies
  • Cup of Soup- Oodles of Noodles
  • Vienna Sausages
  • Tuna
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter crackers
  • Fruit cups and/or applesauce
  • Pudding
  • Juice Boxes
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Cereal Bars
  • Cereal – individual boxes as well as “family sized”
  • Granola Bars
  • Raisins