The Backpack Program

On a Friday afternoon in rural Moberly Missouri, needy children pick up a backpack before they leave school.  The backpack program was started by teachers in the elementary school who realized many of their students go hungry over the weekend. I read about the effects the recession has had on some families on CNN.

Hungry students tell a  teacher who then reaches out to a parent.  If the parents agrees, the teacher leaves a backpack lined by a wall at the school.  They don’t want to embarrass the child, so teachers don’t write names on the pack.

The weekend supplies include peanut butter,  canned fruit, cereal bars and ravioli.  I was touched by the teachers initiative and stunned at the effects the recession has had on America’s children. The story of these kids sure makes me even more grateful.

Photos from:http://www.cnn.com/2009/OPINION/11/22/greene.hunger.backpacks/index.html

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