Working together to help students in need


POMEROY — While students at Meigs Primary and Intermediate Schools receive free breakfast and lunch each day at school, it is the time they are away from school in which meals can be a challenge.

That is where Meigs Local’s chapter of the Blessings in a Backpack program steps in to help.

Each Thursday, beginning Sept. 14 for the 2017-18 school year, volunteers gather at the elementary school to pack bags of food to be sent home with students who are in need or at risk.

The bags are sent home with the children each Friday with the items placed in their backpacks for the weekend. In addition, for longer breaks additional food items are sent home as the children are home longer.

Julie Howard, the local coordinator for the Meigs Local Blessings in a Backpack program, said that at the end of the 2016-17 school year the program was serving approximately 245 student primarily in the primary school.

“We don’t turn anyone away,” said Howard.

Items packaged for the children include crackers, soups and other easy to prepare items. At different times throughout the year perishable items such as fresh fruits and vegetables are also sent home. On average six items are packaged in each bag.

“The idea is to fill the gap for students to have food for the weekend,” said Howard.

On Thursday, Jon Buck, External Affairs Manager with AEP, presented a $5,000 donation to the Meigs Local Blessings in a Backpack program.

In addition, funding for the program has been received from the Meigs County Health Department and Forest Run Church, according to the program Facebook page.

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Jon Buck of AEP presents a $5,000 check to Meigs Local Supt. Scot Gheen and Blessings in a Back Pack local coordinator Julie Howard for the Meigs Local Blessings in Back Pack program. Also pictured is Meigs County Commissioner Tim Ihle.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/09/web1_9.6-Backpack.jpgJon Buck of AEP presents a $5,000 check to Meigs Local Supt. Scot Gheen and Blessings in a Back Pack local coordinator Julie Howard for the Meigs Local Blessings in Back Pack program. Also pictured is Meigs County Commissioner Tim Ihle.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.