Statesville High School program aims to feed homeless students on the weekend


STATESVILLE, N.C. (WSIC NEWS) – Statesville High School has partnered with Food for Days to provide homeless students and those in transitional housing with weekend meals.

This is the first year of the “backpack meals” program at Statesville High School thanks to an idea by Principal Sheila Jenkins. Students are provided two meals per day on weekends so they can return Monday ready to learn without being hungry.

“Often times we are very excited about feeding them during the week,” says Iredell-Statesville Schools District Liaison of Community Engagement Latoya Caesar. “We overlook the fact that on the weekends they don’t always have a meal plan or a nourishing package that can be taken with them.”

The backpack meals program is used at multiple Iredell-Statesville Schools campuses. Caesar says more than 360 students who are homeless or in transitional housing were served last school year.

Those who would like to support the program can learn more at or by emailing Latoya Ceasar at