The battle lines have been drawn. Hunger is our enemy. No task too great, no child unworthy.
We will do all we can, with all we have, to ensure the feeding of our nation's youth.

About Us


Food for Days began in September 2010 as a mission close to the heart of John Saunders and a support team from First Baptist Church of Mooresville.

At its inception, the ministry began with one school, a handful of volunteers shopping for and storing food, with ten backpacks to be filled each week. By 2012, the backpack ministry program grew to include eight churches, over a dozen schools across two districts, local business support, with nearly 250 backpacks filled each week.

The year 2012 brought additionally exciting changes. A board of directors was established, office space acquired, an Executive Director named, and an amazing goal of feeding nearly 14,000 students in Iredell County was accepted. The rapidly growing “Backpack Meals Ministry” re-launched and applied 501c3 nonprofit, Food for Days: A Backpack Meals Ministry.




The Team


John E. Saunders, Sr. has been involved in missions and ministry for the majority of his life. He was a key figure in the establishment of Food For Days, formerly Backpack Ministry of Mooresville. He recognizes the feeding of at-risk children in Iredell county as a sacred responsibility, yet fulfilling experience.

Prior to his work with Food for Days, John held various pastoral positions in churches located in Indiana, Maryland, and North Carolina. He also served as a staff member of the Maryland Baptist Convention for 18 years. John retired from the Florida Baptist Convention in 1992. He also worked as a Director at Pathfinders, a half-way house for male alcoholics, in Baltimore, MD for 10 years. John is a graduate of both Carson-Newman College, with a B.A. in Sociology, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with a degree in Theology and New Testament Interpretation.




Karen Swan comes to Food For Days with a background in non-profit ministry and Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She has served as Health & Safety Director for the American Red Cross, Donor Base Specialist for the Nehemiah Foundation & Education Specialist For Tech Prep. She also served alongside her husband as Pastor’s Wife for 13 years.

Karen has a heart for children and compassionate ministry. She strives to impact her community in a positive way.




The Board of Directors

Rick Carangelo, President (interim)
Karen Swan, Executive Director
Amy Gay, Vice-President
Susan Honeycutt, Treasurer
Marilyn Boardman, Secretary
Tonya Reid – Board Member
Rebekah Sidden – Board Member
Lisa Smith – Board Member
Chuck Busse – Board Member
Karen Shore
Cindy Altman
Jeff Wilson




Backpack Meals:


“kids are coming to school on Monday with bellyaches
because they haven’t eaten since Friday”
 Founder, John Saunders

We provide weekend meals to children who have been identified by their school counselor and typically participate in the Federal Free and Reduced Meal program. The typical weekend menu includes two breakfast items, two lunch items, two dinner items, two beverages, and four snacks. All of our menu options have been approved by a school nutritionist and permission to receive the food has been granted by a legal guardian.


MSK Market:


 Food for Days has joined forces with local grocers and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen to provide a hand up for the community. The MSK Market gives working families that are struggling to make ends meet but unfortunately do not qualify for assistance, a chance to come and shop for their weekly grocery needs. Thanks to the support of the community, families can now enjoy meat, produce, breads, canned goods, desserts, and toiletries every week free of charge.


Kid to Kid Summer Lunch Program:


The summer lunch program is designed to feed those children that were otherwise receiving free lunch every day during the school year. The reason that the program is called Kid to Kid is that children and teenagers looking to fulfill community service requirements work to pack the bags that will be delivered Monday through Friday to their peers that are in need.


Winshape Camp:


Food for Days partners with the Chick-fil-A sponsored Winshape camp of Mooresville helping to provide scholarships and food during the week of camp.  To learn more about Winshape Camp and how your child can participate please check out the following website www.winshapecamps.org or on Facebook at Lake Norman Winshape Camps For Communities.

Partner With Us

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa



Food for Days is a 501(c)(3) faith based organization. If you would like to donate by mail you can send your check or money order to Food for Days at 224 Rolling Hill Rd. Suite 1B Mooresville, NC 28117.

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Food for Days is always looking for help, if you would like to volunteer please email us using our contact page and let us know that you would like to help.

Food Drives/Donations:

Suggested Items For Weekend Meals:


Individual Cereal Boxes
Instant Oatmeal or Grits (10-12 packs per box)
Pop Tarts (Any flavor)

Lunch & Dinner

Chef Boyardee (or any brand) microwavable meals
Tuna with flip top or pouch
Ramen Noodles (any flavor)
Mac & Cheese (individual microwavable)
Beans & Franks
Vienna Sausage
150z. Can Spaghetti or Ravioli


Pudding (individual)
Fruit Cups
Granola Bars, Fruit Bars, etc.
Cheese & Crackers
Individual Juices or Milks (Shelf Stable)

Our Partners


Marti Estes 5k Run

H & R Block

Combs Construction

April Kuhn, Legal Advisor

Niagara Bottling, LLC



Cecile’ G. Ebert Foundation

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC

KGG Investments,LLC

Mooresville/Lake Norman Rotary

The Darrell & Patricia Steagall Family Foundation




•   First Baptist Mooresville
•   St. Mark’s Lutheran
•   The Bridge Church of the Nazarene
•   Peninsula Baptist
•   First Presbyterian
•   Christ Community
•   The Cove-Statesville
•   Fairview Baptist
•  Morrows Chapel United Methodist Church
.   Central United Methodist Church
.   Fieldstone Presbyterian



•   Mooresville Graded School District
•   Iredell-Statesville School District



We believe ending child hunger in the US is a real challenge. If you'd like to join us in the fight by donating time or resources or just have a general question, drop us a line or give us a call. We'd love to hear from you.

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Contact Info


224 Rolling Hill Rd. Suite 1B | Mooresville, NC 28117