Backpack Beginnings
November 17, 2022


We interviewed Parker White from Backpack Beginnings, a 95% volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to delivering child-centric services to feed, comfort and clothe children in need. BPB helps over 7,000 children experiencing hunger and trauma in our community. They serve children in need in 52 Guilford County Schools and 22 Child Assistance Organizations in Guilford, Forsyth and Alamance Counties.


Why do you do what you do?

Parker: About a decade ago, I felt a calling to find a way to give back to local children in need. I didn't expect that to turn into the nonprofit is has today. I am blessed to be in a position to give back and I strive to find more and more ways we can make an impact on children in our area. I love what I do and appreciate the community's support to allow me to continue year after year.


How long have you been doing it?

Parker: I started working on BackPack Beginnings around 2009 and distributing the first food bags the end of 2009/beginning 2010. What started in my dining room serving 50 children has grown to over 7,500 children.


What does it mean to you to be Mindful?

Parker: One of my favorite words is intentional, and I try to live my life being intentional about where I spend my time, money, resources, energy and more. Being Mindful and Intentional go hand in hand for me. How are you Mindful in your craft? Parker: I work really hard to make sure we are doing the best we can at providing tangible basic needs to local children. That means I am constantly thinking on ways to improve systems, talking to all those involved, researching other ways to help and more. I also pray a lot about our organization and the services we provide.


Where are you located and how can people get in touch to help out?

Our nonprofit is located at: 3707D Alliance Drive Greensboro, NC 27407Main contact is Parker White at

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