Self portrait of a student attending Nutrition Club. Her shirt reads "Education, eat right, exercise."
Thanks to a generous grant of $10,000 provided by the Red Nose Day Fund and Feeding America, children will be provided with weekend food during the school year through the BackSacks program. The students sponsored by this grant attend six different schools in Fayette County. The grant will provide critical sustaining support for children at each of the six schools.
We took a moment to speak to staff members at each of the schools about how the BackSacks program has impacted their school and their students. Here is what they had to say.
Everton Elementary School
We did a health discussion on dairy. We explained dairy comes from cows and cows give us calcium. The students were reciting, "Cows and calcium!" We talked about how calcium strengthens bones. We taught the students how to look for labels on food and to search for calcium. It was a fun and educational activity. The kids are really loving to learn along with receiving the food each week for the weekend.
We talked about protein during one of our Health Club (BackSack Weekly Friday) distributions. We explained how peanut butter is a great source of protein and can be used as a substitute when meat is not available. We had a little one shout out with excitement, "I didn't know peanut butter was like meat! I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!" It was so cute.
Grandview Elementary School
I had a 1st grader tell me this is the best food ever.
Maple Wood Elementary School
Our students continue being grateful for the extra food they receive to carry them through the weekend when perhaps the food supply at home is near an end. Never any complaints about what they are given.