Featured Organization – June 20, 2019
(Concert Featuring Jim Quick & Coastline)

Backpack Buddies is a volunteer program that provides food for children at risk for hunger due to financial challenges throughout Clinton and Sampson County. Children who are hungry and malnourished are at a disadvantage to learn in the classroom. These children are selected each school year by teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators, and school social workers. Children who receive food assistance during the week at school (breakfast and lunch) are at risk of hunger on the weekends, which necessitates the need for Backpack Buddies to provide emergency food supplies. These “bags” of food help to sustain children over the weekend or holiday breaks such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. The Backpack Buddies program depends on volunteers; as well as monetary and food donations from civic organizations, churches, individuals, businesses, and fundraising activities.


This is a ten-month ministry operating September through June. Volunteers gather to pack bags of food to be distributed to children every Friday. It is with your support and assistance that these needs can continue to be met.


Volunteers from both the Clinton City and Sampson County Schools will be on-hand at the September 19th concert featuring the Band of Oz to accept donations of non-perishable food items or cash donations. Checks may be written to FUMC and donors can earmark their donations for the school district they would like their donation to support including: Clinton City, Union, Hobbton, Roseboro/Salemburg or Midway)


Concert attendees are encouraged to bring at least three non-perishable food items per person to support the ongoing efforts of the Backpack Buddies programs in Sampson County. Suggested Items are listed below and large quantities are welcome!

New for 2019!


The Alive After Five Committee is proud to announce a collaboration with three Sampson County non-profits organizations whose missions include serving both adults and children in need across Sampson County.  Each organization and their members work tirelessly in serving others and the Alive After Five committee is excited to serve as a conduit to support and promote their efforts.  During the remainder of the season, the Alive After Five Committee will partner with the Christian Food Bank of Salemburg, Back Pack Buddies and the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Coat Closet.

Beanee Weenees

Juice Boxes

Granola Bars/Fruit Bars
Macaroni & Cheese cups, Individual Packages
Instant Oatmeal in Individual Packages
Instant Grits in Individual Packages
Raisins/Craisins in Individual Packages

Featured Organization – October 17, 2019
(Concert Featuring the band TOO MUCH SYLVIA)

Canned Meats (Spam, etc.)
Canned Tuna and Salmon
Peanut Butter
Jelly (no glass)
Canned or Dry Soups
Canned Stews and Chili
Tea Bags
Coffee (ground no beans)
Canned Pasta
Canned Vegatables
Canned Fruit
Canned Pasta (Spaghetti “O’s”)
Hot and Cold Cereals

DID YOU KNOW?

North Carolina Statistics show that 1 out of 5 children go to bed hungry every night and that North Carolina ranks 10th in the nation for hunger.

HELP US HELP OTHERS!

Packaged Pasta (Macaroni & Cheese, etc.)
Rice
Powdered Milk
Juice Boxes
Canned Juices
Drink Boxes (Hi-C, etc)
Canned Gravy
Granulated Sugar
Baby Food & Cereal (glass jars accepted)
Baby Formula (Enfamil/Similac)
Granola Bars
Cereal Bars

Fruit Cups
Pudding Cups
Canned Pasta - 15 ½ oz cans)

     Spaghetti “O’s” with Meatballs

     Ravioli
Canned Soup (Chicken Noodle, Vegetable Beef)
Vienna Sausages





The Christian Food Bank of Salemburg works to serve those in need through the collection, purchasing, and distribution of perishable and non-perishable foods.  The Christian Food Bank of Salemburg annually distributes approximately 60,000 bags of groceries and serves over 12,000 people across Sampson County. In addition to being known for serving the community, the Food Bank has gained local, regional and national attention with its very popular comedy/cooking team known as The Shed Heads. The Shed Heads is comprised of some of the Food Bank’s foundering members and volunteers who became a social media hit with their humorous, down-home, comedy videos.  Members of the The Shed Heads will be on-hand at the June 20th concert to accept donations of non-perishable food items or cash donations.


Concert attendees are encouraged to bring at least three non-perishable food items per person to support the ongoing efforts of the Christian Food Bank of Salemburg. Suggested Items Include:



The Chamber Coat Closet is a community outreach program offered by the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.  For the past 9 years, the Chamber of Commerce has worked to provide the gift of warmth to children and adults from across Sampson County.


The Chamber of Commerce partners with Sampson County School System, Clinton City Schools, Sampson County Department of Social Services, Sampson County Department of Aging, and the Telemon Headstart Program to identify those in need.  Each of these organizations sumbit requests on behalf of individuals that they have identified as being in need of coats for the harsh winter season ahead.


The focus of the 2019 Chamber Coat Closet will be the collection of coats for children/students.  Over the past several years, the demand from this particular age group has exceeded the requests of those in adult sizes. Therefore, additional emphisis is being placed on the request for donation of coats in the following sizes:  Infant; Adolescent, 0/3month thru Youth XL/18.


Leaders and volunteers from Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce will be on-hand at the Thursday, October 17th concert featuring TOO MUCH SYLVIA to accept and collect coats or cash donations. Checks may be made payable to the Chamber Coat Closet.  Donations are fully tax deductible. 100% of all cash donations are used to purchase coats for those in need.


For additional information contact Allison Strickland, Executive Director, Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce via email at astrickland@clintonsampsonchamber.org or by calling 910-592-6177.


In addition, the Chamber Coat Closet will continue to collect new and gently used coats at over 20 locations across Sampson County through October 31, 2019.


Concert attendees are encouraged to bring new or gently used coats or cash donations to support the ongoing efforts of the Chamber Coat Closet in Sampson County. 


Suggested Items are listed below and large quantities are appreciated!

Coats in Sizes: Children/Kids Infant – 0/3month through Youth XL/18

Adolescent and Adult Size are also welcome

Kids/Adult Winter Gloves