4-H Backpacks for Kids Program Needs Your Help

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The new school year is quickly approaching and we need your help! N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County’s 4-H Program sponsors the 4-H Backpacks For Kids Program which launched in April of 2011. This program provides nutritious meals for students who are identified by school staff as being food insecure. Meals are sent home with the students each weekend throughout the school year. This program is supported 100% through community donations, corporate donations, and grant funds.

Volunteers from the community, including deputies from the local sheriff’s department, help make delivery of the food possible. Each child receives enough food for six full meals, including cereal or pop tarts, a protein source such as tuna fish or beef stew, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, juice boxes and a snack such as peanut butter crackers or yogurt snacks. Through this program, children at-risk of hunger can be reached and receive adequate nutrition in a safe and easily accessible setting. The program typically serves approximately 100 Currituck County students each week.

How can you help? Community monetary donations are needed. Approximate cost to feed one child monthly is twenty dollars. Citizens can visit the 4-H Backpacks for Kids website for details about the program, or to make contributions. Donations can also be received at the Currituck Extension Center located at 120 Community Way in Barco. Checks should be made payable to the Currituck Extension Foundation. The Currituck Extension Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation that receives support from the North Carolina Community Foundation. For more information, contact Cameron Lowe, County Extension Director at 252.232.2261 or cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu.

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