November 13, 2013

Food backpacks for Ti expanded


---- — TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga Central School District recently received a grant in support of its backpack food program.

This initiative sends income-eligible students at the Elementary-Middle School home each Friday with backpacks filled with nutritious foods to help them eat healthy over the weekend.

The $1,000 grant from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, based in Johnsburg, will enable Ticonderoga Central School to provide this additional nutrition to more students, John Bartlett, an organizer, said in an email.

He said the cost to sponsor one child in the program for an entire school year is only $167.

Thanks to the support the program has received from donors and charitable organizations, the backpack program at Ticonderoga Central School has been able to grow and serve more eligible students, he said.

The program, which began in January 2013, started with 30 students, grew to 45 in April and, beginning this month, will expand to 60 eligible students.

The food for the backpacks is purchased through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

“The hope is to be able to continue to grow and expand this program to serve more and more children,” Bartlett said.