BackPack Program feeds local hungry children

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By The Staff

Last year, the Taylor County BackPack Program was implemented in local school systems through the cooperative efforts of Campbellsville Family Resource and Youth Services Center, Taylor County Family Resource Center, Taylor County Youth Services Center, Campbellsville Head Start and Taylor County Head Start in partnership with Taylor County Cooperative Extension Service.

The Taylor County BackPack Program identifies students who might be at risk of having an inadequate food supply in their homes. Many students have little or no food except for free or reduced-priced school meals.

The BackPack Program - a project of America's Second Harvest - is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.

About the BackPack Program:

Students' backpacks are filled with food that they take home on weekends.

Food is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified.

Food is discreetly distributed to students on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation.

This year, organizers hope to expand the program to serve more students; in order to achieve this goal, they will need financial assistance from various organizations. If your organization would be willing to sponsor a child or children, the cost is about $20 per child for the year. The non-profit organization's only source of income is donations. For more information, contact the Taylor County BackPack Program at 465-4511.