Backpack for Kids program gets a new van for easier food distribution

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 8:29 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many children don’t know where their next meal is coming from when they’re not at school. That’s why Backpack for Kids created a program to make sure kids are fed on weekends, holidays, and all other breaks from school.

The Jackson County School Board recently applied for, and received, a grant from the No Kid Hungry organization, and used the money to purchase a new van. Officials say the new van will make it easier to transport food to kids, especially in emergency situations.

The Backpack for Kids program provides kids with a bag of food every week during the school year to take home over the weekend. The bags include breakfast foods, milk, canned goods, and more.

This service is available to any student attending school in Jackson County. To sign up for the program, all the child or parent has to do is contact their guidance counselor, teacher, or the Jackson County School Board.

The summer backpack program recently ended, and they are now gearing up for the new school year. According to officials, more food should be ready to send out on the first week of school.

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