300 New Backpacks Sought for Food Program
Want to make a positive impact in a child’s life?
One quick and easy way is to donate a new backpack to the Backpacks for Kids program serving students in north Lincoln County. Program volunteers have finished tabulating applications for the new school year and found that enrollment in the program is almost doubled from last year. In addition, the program is operating with reduced funding this year.
The volunteers estimate a need for approximately 300 more backpacks to serve students at Oceanlake Elementary, Taft Elementary and Taft High. Studies show that 20 percent of U.S. children live in a household with food insecurity – which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. Under the Backpack for Kids program, backpacks are filled with nutritious, child-friendly and easy-to-prepare food, and is discreetly given to children on the last day of school before a weekend or holiday.
Persons wishing to donate new backpacks may drop them off at the North County HELP Center, located at Taft Elementary School, or the Gleneden Beach Post Office. Donations of time, food and money are also appreciated.
For information, please call Taft Elementary at 541-996-2136.