Dunwoody native and University of Georgia junior Zack Leitz’s student-run nonprofit organization, the Backpack Project, was awarded a $25,000 grant by the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
The nonprofit organization Leitz launched in 2015 provides backpacks filled with food, clothes and toiletries to people who are homeless across Georgia. To date, the organization has hand-delivered more than 2,200 backpacks.
Leitz also was recognized as a community hero by the Atlanta Braves in the summer of 2016, earning the organization a $5,000 grant.
The State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic program in which people vote to support their favorite causes. The Backpack Project was one of the top 40 vote-getting causes out of 200 finalists and 2,000 submissions.