There are children in America that rely on resources such as free or reduced-priced school lunches during the school year. The Backpack Program concept was developed in an Arkansas food bank after a school nurse asked for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomach pain and dizziness.
The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in non-descript backpacks to carry home.
With our current economic situation, the Backpack Program is designed to assist the needs of hungry children on weekends and holidays when other resources are not available.
Each Friday these kids are given a backpack filled with easy to prepare, nutritious food items. Enough food is in the backpack to feed that child until he or she returns to school on Monday. The kids return the backpacks on Monday and volunteers fill the backpacks for the next weekend.
The kids get their backpack filled each weekend throughout the school-year or until the child no longer requires assistance.
Glenwood Elementary would like to pilot a Backpack Program which will be called Li’l Hungry Hearts to help our own students and hope that other schools in our district will follow their footsteps so that no child is left hungry.
They are asking for the community’s help. They are looking for volunteers and most importantly, donations (a one time food donation or a monthly pledge donation of nutritious, kid-friendly foods) to help supply this much needed program.
Studio 9 will be donating $5 from every haircut in March which will go towards the backpack program.
Please contact Tammie_enders@lkstevens.wednet.edu/us if you have any questions .