MORE THAN 96,000 SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN IN THE UPSTATE QUALIFY FOR FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS THROUGH THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. FOR MANY OF THESE CHILDREN, SCHOOL MEALS MAY BE THE ONLY MEALS THEY EAT. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY GO HOME OVER THE WEEKEND?
INGLE’S HAS PARTNERED WITH THE FOOD BANKS TO HELP FILL KIDS BACK PACKS WITH FOOD FOR THE WEEKEND.
JACK ROPER IS AT INGLE’S RIGHT NOW TO TELL US ALL ABOUT IT.
That’s where the 3 Upstate food banks come in by providing backpacks to the children with the most need (as identified by the schools). Ingle’s has partnered with the food banks and created the Fill A Backpack program as a way to collect donations to help the Upstate food banks fund the backpack programs in their communities. The food banks can only cover so many with the funds that they have. The Ingle’s Fill A Backpack program has collected enough donations to fill almost 8,000 backpacks in the last 2 years helping at risk children get nutritious and easy-to-prepare food on the weekends. Harvest Hope for Greenville and Laurens counties, Second Harvest for Spartanburg and Golden Harvest for Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties are the 3 Upstate food banks.
· This year there is a way to donate on-line. Harvest Hope is handling through their web-site. http://www.harvesthope.org/ingles