First-time gift will provide food for kids in Essex County schools

The Vermont Foodbank received a $2,000 grant from Plum Creek in support of the BackPack Program.

Started in 2008, the Vermont Foodbank BackPack Program is a weekend nutrition program designed to meet the needs of children struggling with hunger at times when other resources, like school breakfast and lunch, are not available, such as weekend and school vacations. BackPack is a nationally-recognized program of Feeding America.

Bags of kid friendly, vitamin-fortified food from all five food groups are packed and distributed to participating schools and food is placed into the backpacks of participants while students are not in the classroom.

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