TICONDEROGA — Beginning Jan. 30, the BackPack Program here expanded to serve 30 more children for a total of 120.
A project of the Ticonderoga Kiwanis Club, it provides backpacks filled with nutritious, easily prepared foods to students who qualify every weekend during the school year.
“The additional nutrition is designed to help these students eat healthy over the weekend and be better prepared for their classes and other educational opportunities Monday through Friday,” a press release from the Kiwanis Club said.
The United Way of the Adirondack Region Board of Directors awarded a seed-money grant to the program near the end of 2013, “which was a help in meeting the high priority needs of the program.”
Then in January, the United Way also gave Kiwanis an MLK National Day of Service grant that also benefited the BackPack Program.
“We are extremely grateful to the United Way for their support of this very important program and would like to especially thank John Bernardi and Kathy Snow for their assistance,” said BackPack Coordinator John Bartlett said in the release.
The United Way support, he said, has contributed to the growth of the program, which began with students at one school and now serves four schools.
The cost to sponsor one child for a full school year is $167. Donations are tax-deductible.
All gifts to the program go to buy food for the backpacks from the Regional Food Bank of NE NY, where the cost is much more affordable than it is from other sources, the release said.
The United Way of the Adirondack Region provides support to more than 30 partner agencies that provide service and assistance throughout the North Country.
For more information, contact John Bartlett at: firstname.lastname@example.org.