No kid should dread the weekend

by Ed Nicholson

Note: I’ve decided to go back and repost some things from years past that are still timely.   This one originally posted in June of 2010.  It remains relevant as we approach the end of the school year. Ed

As I post this on Friday afternoon, tens of thousands of kids at risk of hunger around the country are being sent home from school with backpacks full of food thanks to innovative programs such as the one Janet Kniffin, Chief Development Officer for the Connecticut Foodbank, describes in the video above.  Were it not for these programs, many would go hungry over the weekend, since school lunches are their primary source of nutrition.

Soon school will be out for the summer.  What happens then?  Many communities have solutions.  Many don’t. 

Do your local schools have backpack programs?  If so, what happens during the summer?

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