Backpack Program Feeds Hungry Children
(Glade Spring, Virginia) — The Bread of Life Community Food Pantry works diligently every day to deliver upon their mission to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Next week they will come one step closer to fulfilling their mission.

United Way of Russell and Washington Counties — in collaboration with Glade Spring Middle School and the Bread of Life Community Food Pantry — will launch the new Backpack Program next week. The program provides children with backpacks filled with an assortment of nutritional and easy-to-prepare food items every Friday for consumption on weekends during the school year. Glade Spring Middle School is the first school in Washington County, VA to have the backpack program. Twenty-four (24) kids will be served through the program and that number will continue to increase as the program is expanded.

“It’s a program aimed at children who have food security needs on the weekends,” United Way Board President Fred Parker said. “The children may be enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program, but on weekends there is no food program for them, so this is another way to help”, Parker said. Principal Scott Allen welcomed the program, identifying a number of students who desperately need the weekend food.

The Bread of Life Community Food Pantry is located in Saltville, Virginia and serves citizens in both Washington and Smyth Counties. In addition to the backpack program, the food pantry provides a monthly food box with dry goods, canned goods and other nutritional foods to needy families in our community. For more information on the “Backpack Program”, please contact the Bread of Life Food Pantry at 276-496-7976.

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