Friday, October 16, 2015

Backpack food donations accepted today


An effort to help feed hungry children in Crittenden County will be accepting donations from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m., today at Marion’s two grocery stores – Conrad’s and Food Giant.

The Crittenden County Backpack Program is a joint effort between the school system, Extension Services and local Cumberland Presbyterian churches.

Food items may be donated to the program, which will fill backpacks and send them home with children for weekend meals.

For more information, contact Rebecca Zahrte at (270) 978-3328 or Holly White at the Crittenden County Board of Education.

This year there are 44 households signed up for the program, Zahrte said. The number includes 110 children.

“These are only the children and families that we are aware of that qualify and signed up for the back pack program,” Zahrte added. “Right now the program is only available to elementary school students.”

 She says there are potentially many other children who would benefit from this program.