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"Blessings in a Backpack" helps feed hungry students

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

When your child gets out of school on a Friday afternoon, will they have enough to eat through the weekend? That's the question school administrators are asking and the answer for a surprising number of kids in Quincy, is no.

Adams Elementary School is starting "Blessings in a Backpack" January 11th. The hope is that the backpack of food will feed the kids through the weekend. Backpack food includes easy to prepare, ready to eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal.

Principal Marcey Wells says Adams School is actually the last elementary school in Quincy to receive some sort of assistance for at-risk kids.

And, with 71% of their students on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program, the backpack program is definitely needed at her school.

"Some families choose not to take advantage of the program, which is fabulous because then we can go on to the next student. So, we just looked at students needs, what we know about the family and how can we help and reach out and who would like to receive the services," said Wells.

The "Blessings in a Backpack" was funded by a $24,000 donation by the Rotary Club which will help feed 100 students over the weekend the next 3 years. But, Principals Wells says roughly 275 out of 398 students at Adams Elementary qualify for this program.

So, they will be starting fundraisers next year to help feed more kids and to help the program extend when the money from Rotary runs out.

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