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"Blessings in a Backpack" helps kids get a good meal over the weekend

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As the weekend wraps up, more and more kids are going hungry on the weekends because they don't have enough food at home. But local schools and non-profit organizations are working together to change that.

Blessings in a Backpack started Friday as more than 100 kids at Quincy's Adams Elementary got a bag of food to take home.

One by one 3rd graders at Adams Elementary packed sacks of snacks for the weekend for 100 of their classmates who struggle to get the food they need when they're not at school. It's something Principal Marcey Wells sees a lot, as 75 percent of her students qualify for free and reduced lunch. "If students don't have adequate nutrition, their brains aren't as prepared to receive information. We know the weekends can be long, this gives them an opportunity to have just a little bit extra, and also help out their families if they need that," she said.

 

The sacks filled with goodies ranging from oatmeal to fresh fruit are a part of a new program for the school, called Blessings in a Backpack. Similar programs have been in several elementary schools for a few years now. And once Rotary Club Member Mark Spiegelhoff realized Adams Elementary was the only elementary school that didn't have a weekend food program... he knew the Rotary club had to step up. "We were very fortunate to provide one donor who provided the seed money for three years for this program. It gave us a three year running head start, and our hope is we can continue to fundraise for those three years so we can continue the program on through the 4th, 5th and years beyond that," he said. 

 It's much needed help Wells says not only she appreciates, but the students do too. "They get very excited, they always want to know what's going to be in the bag, they can't wait to rip it open to see what's inside."

To receive food from Blessings in a backpack, students have to qualify for free or reduced lunch.

 If you want to sign your child up, talk to their teacher or principal.

 

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