Tim White grew up knowing what it was like to go to bed hungry. That's what gave him the idea to give back to the Stafford community. Many students go to school hungry and leave not knowing where their next meal is coming from.
It started as an idea, but in just a few months, with the help of the community, it grew into a successful organization known as Stafford Food Security.
The organization is approaching its one year anniversary at the end of March. For the last year, White and his volunteers have been packing backpacks to bring to the schools in Stafford County. Right now, they are partnered with all but one of the 31 schools in the county. They are hoping to bring the remaining school on board soon.
The backpacks are there for teachers and administrators to hand out to students who they feel may be hungry, or going without.
Now, the organization is partnering with the Stafford County Sheriff's Office to continue its efforts. Deputies have access to the backpacks in their patrol room or their cars. When they go out on a call, they are able to hand them out as needed.
Sergeant Carol Burgess has been with the Sheriff's Office for 15 years. Growing up, she also knew what it was like to be hungry.
"It makes it more personal when we're able to give back because I knew what it was like. If I didn't get a breakfast that morning or if i didn't eat anything, I wasn't able to function," said Burgess.
Burgess knows the bags are a small gesture that can make a big difference.
"It just makes my day to be able to give back and that's what it's all about," she said.