St. Joseph Hospital is helping feed young Mainers in need. It has teamed up with United Way of Eastern Maine on The Backpack Project. It lets children take home backpacks full of kid-friendly foods on Friday afternoon to get them through the weekend in a nutricious way. St. Joseph employees donated food to help out kids at Kingman Elementary school.”Studies show you that a child who is hungry has all kinds of learning challenges and those things don’t remedy themselves as soon as they get their first meal,” said Bethany McKnight, Public Relations Administrator at St. Joseph Hospital.”This is first and foremost an education program because we want kids to be able to have the right nutritious values, the right foods over the weekend so that on Monday they’re ready and able to learn,” added Adam Lacher, Director of Communication and Community Engagement at United Way of Eastern Maine.The food collected so far will be able to meet the need at Kingman Elementary for the seven weeks. In May, there will be a second round of food donations from St. Joseph employees that is expected to get them through the rest of the school year.