The “Backpack” Program

True stories about children on the Backpack Program

Across this great land there are thousands upon thousands of children who leave school every Friday and who do not eat again until the have breakfast Monday morning in the school cafeteria. This means that these youngsters miss seven consecutive meals. This “weekends-without-food” phenomenon produces a state of continuing malnutrition that results in academic and social deficiencies and failures.

Citizens through out the western Arkansas- eastern Oklahoma area have taken a stand to end such childhood hunger by adopting a simple and straight forward slogan that “No Child Should Ever Go Hungry.” From this slogan has arisen the Meals For kids Backpack Program.

Now That’s Special

The appreciation of the children for the Meals For Kids Program is evident. In one school, the formerly low-achieving children who were receiving the weekend meals approached their principal one day and asked “How do we go about forming our own club?” The...

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It’s a Gift

A new 3rd-grader by the name of Andy was enrolled in an area school, and an academic assessment was quickly conducted within a matter of days. Sadly, the results of Andy’s assessment were bleak and indicated that the young student would need special...

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