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H-K Backpack Program Feeds Our Children

The HK Backpack Program provides food to help our communities’ children in need. The Backpack Program is a nation-wide initiative created by school nurses in Arkansas who noticed some children were coming into their office every Monday with stomachaches, dizziness and headaches. They quickly realized that the children were not being fed over the weekend, when school lunch was not provided. The nurses devised a program to get these children the food they needed without the humiliation of looking like they have received a food handout. Every Friday these children in need are given a backpack full of food for the weekend, the children then return the backpack the following school day so that it may be refilled the following Friday.

They recently received not-for-profit status, so donations are tax deductible.

According to Amber Stamm, “Our current enrollment is up to 52 kids. That’s 52 boxes of cereal, 52 cartons of milk, 52 cans of vegetables, soup, etc. As generous as you all have been, we are in CONSTANT need. We are deeply grateful for all your donations!! Our most current needs are:

  • shelf stable milk
  • canned soup
  • canned meat (no tuna please)
  • canned fruit/applesauce
  • canned vegetables (no corn please)
  • juice boxes
  • Maple Syrup
  • cereal/oatmeal
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Knorr Pasta Sides
  • cake mix and a container of frosting (the child gets this when it’s their birthday)”

You can easily shop for the program on Amazon at THIS LINK, and the food will go directly to the program. Or you can drop off food at the donation bins at the Haddam and Killingworth Town Halls. Or you can donate online at their Facebook page.

Please consider helping some of our community’s children.

THIS is an earlier article about the program.