International Paper supports child nutrition at B&GH

November 18, 2020

International Paper has awarded a $3,000 grant to Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina to support nutritional needs for children on campus.

“The children who come into our care all require the support of a loving family,” said B&GH President Ricky Creech. “Many have suffered various forms of abuse including food insecurity. The most basic needs of children are safety and food security. We provide this to every child in our care from the first moment they arrive and we are grateful that International Paper has provided this funding to support food security for our youth.”

The grant funds will be used for food purchases in the Transitional Living cottages on the Lake Waccamaw campus.

“Youth in these cottages are closer to living on their own,” said Chief Operations Officer Mike Garrell. “By using these funds to make weekly food purchases, we are not only providing nutritious food for the youth, but also teaching them the life skills to make quality food purchases on a budget as well as food preparation skills.”

This support is especially appreciated during 2020 as COVID-19 has created an estimated $286,000 budget shortfall through the cancellation of fundraising events in spring, summer and fall for the nonprofit.

“It is through the support of companies like International Paper, civic organizations and individual donors that we are able to help children and families in our community,” said Creech. “Without this support, we could not provide an environment of health, healing and hope for all who come through our doors.”

About the International Paper Foundation

The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.