In connection with God’s Food Bank and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma several students in the Guthrie Public Schools system will go home with food in their backpack.
Each Friday afternoon, student’s backpacks are filled with food that children take home on the weekends or before school vacations.
The Guthrie Rotary Club helps deliver the boxes to all the schools for distribution.
There are children in America that rely on resources such as free or reduced-priced school lunch during the school year. The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.
All of the food is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified.
The BackPack Program became a pilot program in 1995. Feeding America approved the BackPack Program as an official national program of the network in 2006.
More than 145 Feeding America members operate more than 3,600 BackPack Programs and collectively serve more than 190,000 children each year.