REEDSVILLE — Eastern Local elementary and middle school’s Eagle Pack program got a boost from a recent donation of $5,000 from American Electric Power.
The Eagle Pack program provides healthy food one weekend each month to qualifying students. The project is administered through the school district and coordinated by the guidance department. Funding is based entirely on donations from the community.
Volunteers fill packs with easy-to-prepare items such as macaroni and cheese and pasta microwavable meals, breakfast bars, crackers, fruit cups and juice. The pack contains enough food for two breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and includes a snack.
The Eagle Pack program was founded in 2013 by the guidance department and administration who saw a need by students who have limited food available to them on the weekend. The program sends home two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners with students over the weekend.
Now serving more than 100 students, food is sent home once a month, usually the last full weekend in the month. Students who participate in the free/reduced lunch program are eligible to participate in the program.
“Since our program is run solely on donations from the community and community-based organizations, finding new funding assistance and less expensive ways to run the program is key to its sustainability,” said elementary guidance counselor Sara Will. “The money that AEP Ohio has provided will be used to sustain the program for the remainder of this school year and into the next year. We are so grateful for their interest in our program.”
According to Jon Buck, community affairs manager and American Electric Power representative, the program is similar to others the company has supported elsewhere in the state.
“AEP Ohio is pleased to support the Eastern Local School District’s Eagle Pack program,” he said. “We believe this program plays an important role in the overall effort to feed students who otherwise many not have access to sufficient food. We also recognize that adequate nourishment for students is a key component of the learning experience.”
Eagle Pack appreciates all contributions; no amount is too small. Monetary and food donations are accepted for drop-off at the main office of the school and arrangements can be made for pickup of larger quantities of food donated by groups. Community members and organizations who are interested in assisting with the Eagle Pack program can contact Will at Eastern Elementary School for more details.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.