There are schoolchildren in this country who arrive to class on Monday too hungry to concentrate. Even though schools are serving more free or discounted breakfasts and lunches during the week, needy students often don’t get enough to eat on the weekend.
Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee is one of the food banks that has helped to pioneer a successful program to help feed children when they are away from school. The Food for Kids backpack program sends backpacks loaded with nutritious snacks and individually packaged heat-and-eat meals home with needy students in Johnson City and other local school systems.
Individual donations and corporate sponsorship have allowed Second Harvest to expand the program in recent years. More than 4,100 children are served annually by the program.
You can help feed needy schoolchildren by helping Second Harvest’s Food for Kids program. A contribution of $125 will fill one child’s backpack with healthy food for one school year.
No child in the Upstate need to ever go to bed hungry. Call Second Harvest at 477-4053, or go to www.netfoodbank.org today to learn how you can help.