Bank of America on Tuesday will announce a $50,000 donation to Second Harvest Food
Bank of Metrolina.

The Charlotte-based charity will use the money to support its Backpack Program, which
provides backpacks of ready-to-eat food to thousands of children each weekend when school meals are not available.

Nearly 26 percent of all N.C. children (more than 860,000) live in poverty, according to Second Harvest. In the 19-county region served by the charity, more than 120,000 children live in poverty.

The Bank of America gift is part of a $1 million grant the bank has pledged to Feeding America, which provides food and groceries to families nationwide. Following Tuesday’s announcement, Bank of America volunteers will pack 1,000 backpacks for delivery to hungry children.

Second Harvest distributed more than 25 million pounds of food and essential grocery items to about 650 agencies in fiscal 2007-2008. The food went to emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares.

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