LETTER: Community provides nutrition for kids

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United Way of Perry County has awarded a generous grant for the 2012-2013 school year to help support the Weekend Food Backpack Program in our county. This program supplies food over the weekend for children who come from homes where food is not always available to them.

Nearly 3,400 weekend backpacks were distributed to 120 students from the three county schools last year. Wendi Rich from Tell City-Troy Township Schools, Jackie Colucci from Perry Central and Tonya Loyless from Cannelton direct the program from their locations to the students receiving free lunch and breakfast.

Food packed by Tri State Food Bank under the Backpack Program Feeding America is delivered to St. Paul Catholic Church and volunteers transport it monthly to the three schools for distribution.

Studies show that poor nutrition affects learning so this program helps alleviate that problem for our children. When asked about the program, one student replied, “There are some weekends this is the only thing I have to eat. I really depend on these bags that show up in my locker. Thank you.” Another girl said, “I appreciate the ‘food fairy’ that brings me food to take home on Fridays. I was embarrassed at first, but then I realized that no one except me knows I’m getting it.”

We are grateful for all the support the community has provided in the past and hope that your generosity to United Way continues to support this program in our county.

St. Paul Ministry of Charity Weekend Backpack Program