Local School Program Helping to Feed Children One Backpack At A Time
The backpack program kicked-off in RSU 64, which includes Kenduskeag, Stetson, Bradford, Hudson and Corinth.”Right now we’re starting it out kindergarten through second grade and then we hope to expand it to third through fifth grade later on in the year, once we know this is sustainable.”It’s to make sure children have food over the weekend, providing them with 3 meals per day.There are 16 students signed up.”We know there are many families, for many different reason, the economy or mom and dad have been laid off, are not getting the proper nutrition over the weekend.”The hope is they’ll return to school Monday fueled by food, ready to learn.”Research shows they’re not ready to learn if they’re not getting the proper nutrition over the weekend, until Tuesday or Wednesday.”the program is run from the Safeplace Food Pantry in Corinth.Manager, Bud Drew says he wanted to get this program rolling after seeing hungry children in the area.”We look at children between six and eight. They are allowed 1,800 calories. These backpacks we’re putting up is about 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day. So we’re below that but they are getting 6 very good meals.The pantry is open five days a week so you can always stop by and do your part to help the backpack program.