Backpack Food Program Update

Backpack Food Program Update
Posted on 10/08/2019
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Representatives from Indian Lake Middle School and the Indian Lake Community Church explained their backpack program partnership to combat poverty at a recent Rotary Club meeting. 

Each week, ILCC members provide nonperishable food to fill backpacks which go home with ILMS students who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend. ILMS Co-Principal Missy Mefford told the club they currently fill bags for 25 middle school students, but if they had more resources they could serve even more. 

“We get ideas from staff members about who might need this and we talk to the students. We find out if they have running water at home, if they have food to eat. The needs our students have might surprise you.”

Mefford explained that ILMS Student Council members fill plastic sacks with snacks, canned food, juices and water on Friday mornings. Later, while kids are in class, Mefford puts the sacks in their backpacks in the students’ lockers. This method provides anonymity to kids who are part of the program. 

Gretna Brethren Church actually started this program with Indian Lake Elementary students many years ago and other area churches have joined in the continued effort. The ILHS Spanish Club works with other churches to provide food for high school students.