Did you know that many of the children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school may spend long, hungry hours trying to get through the weekends, when meals may not be available? Each child who is enrolled in Backpack Buddies, the supplemental weekend food program of Second Harvest Community Food Bank, receives a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack each weekend during the school year.
Last year, there were over 3,900 children (up 200+) from 18 counties and over 50 schools, Head Start or after-school programs participating in Backpack Buddies. The Backpack Buddies program needs YOU in order to serve healthy foods to our Tarkio community children every weekend. It costs $150 to support one child for a full year in the Backpack Buddies program…but any size donation is welcome! For this 2017-18 school year, Tarkio R-I has 25 children enrolled in Backpack Buddies. Thanks to your wonderful donations last year, some donations were carried over into this year.
If you would like to help the Tarkio Backpack Buddies, contact Susan Slaughter at 660-686-2509 or send a donation to Susan at 34499 State Hwy. 46, Skidmore, Missouri 64487.