September 14th, 2007
Students in our area are having their lunch sent home with them to make sure they never go hungry.
The Backpack Program is targeted at children who rely on programs like free or reduced breakfast and lunches during the school year.
Every Friday volunteers pack 69 bags at Central Elementary School in Fluvanna County with enough non-perishable food for ten meals.
The director of Extended Education said, "The parents have given us great feedback also telling us it's helping them provide food for the children because they are having to make tough decisions of cutting back on the food for the weekend for their kids in order to pay the bills."
The bags are taken to an area away from where the kids are picked up by the parents. The idea is to keep it anonymous.
This is the third week the Backpack Program has been in place in Fluvanna County. The program should begin in Albemarle County at Yancey Elementary in October.
For more information, call the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network at (540)-248 3663.
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