This program goes by many names, “backpack program”, “healthy helpings”, all of which give a clue to what we do. Many students are food insecure. They can get reduced or free lunches at school, but on the weekends, they may not have enough food. At the elementary schools in Woodstock and Barnard, guidance counselors or school nurses designate students who may need help. Every Friday they are sent home with enough food for one nutritious meal for each day in the weekend. Each weekend is different; peanut butter and jelly, or tuna packs, cheerios and milk, soup and crackers. We have many volunteers who help shop, sort and pack bags. Thanks to them, the program is successful and has grown to students in need at the high school and Summer Soak.
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