IN NORTHEAST LOUISIANA, over 60,000 children are enrolled in free and reduced lunch. The BackPack Program allows children to bring home nutritious food when other resources are not available, such as on the weekends or during school vacations. BackPacks are filled by volunteers with child-friendly, non-perishable, and vitamin fortified food. The backpacks are then discreetly distributed to the at-risk children at a local school. We are currently serving 320 children in seven schools in two parishes during the school year.
A school nurse at an inner-city school asked for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomach aches and dizziness. In response, the food bank began providing the school children groceries in non-descript backpacks to carry home, freeing them of the stigma of poverty that many low-income children face among their peers.
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