Have you ever gone a whole day without food? Two days?
Sadly, many children in our area are going an entire weekend with little or no food when a school meal is not available.
One child reported that on Friday he tried to eat as much of his friends' leftovers at lunch as he could hold because he didn't know if he would eat again until Monday morning. Another, ate paper to keep the hunger pains away.
Children who are suffering from food insecurity do not perform well academically, display unacceptable behavior, and have poor attendance due to illness or unexcused absenses.
Fortunately, Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland launched the BackPack Program to help alleviate childhood hunger. Nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods are sent home in backpacks on Friday afternoons to ensure the child has something to eat until they return for breakfast on Monday morning.
CLICK HERE for a list of participating counties.
For more information on the FAKH BackPack Program or to find out how you can help, contact:
, Children & Senior Programs Coordinator
1-877-532-2767 or 270-769-6997
To learn more about the national BackPack Program visit the national Feeding America website at www.feedingamerica.org.
Sponsor a child on the BackPack Program for an entire school year for a one-time gift of $100 (average of .35 cents per day). Adopt a child today, CLICK HERE. To make an online donation for this wonderful program, click here.
*ATTN: BackPack Program county coordinators, sponsoring organization & schools, for a list of program changes for the 2011-12 school year, click BACKPACK_PROGRAM_MEMORANDUM_09.pdf