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.

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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Birthday Boy Does it Again- Jude Daniels

The Community Services Clearinghouse has been honored the past several years by the work of one young man that does not want his fellow students to be hungry over the weekend.  Jude Daniels the  son of Jubal and Amanda Daniels was almost 5 years old when he learned...

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Food Drives on the Move

  Wow!  February has been a fantastic month for the Clearinghouse Pantry.  Numerous Food Drives have been held by organizations large and small within our community.  We cannot "Thank" those involved enough as without these drives  the shelves of our pantry are...

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