Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
As the beginning of the new school year approaches, it's also time for the local "Adopt-A-Backpacker Program" to begin.
Local coordinator Michelle McCoy said the program will once again be partnering with Feeding America and the Family Resource Center/Youth Service Center, in order to help improve the lives of many children in Edmonson County.
"For each $120 donation, you can adopt one child to receive a bag food every Friday for the entire school year," she said.
It's easy to sign up right here; just print the form at the bottom (which has Edmonson County pre filled) or donate online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/feedingamericaky (Choose $120 Adopt-A-BackPacker for an entire school year and be sure to choose "Adopt Backpacker/Edmonson Co" under Special Purpose For Your Donation).
"Sadly, many children in our county are going an entire weekend with little or no food when a school meal is not available," said McCoy. "Children who suffer from food insecurity do not perform well academically, display unacceptable behaviour and have poor attendance due to illness or unexcused absence."
She also asked for everyone to consider the results from going without food for an entire day, maybe even two. "Can you imagine your own child or grandchildren going without? With your help, we can help cut down on the number of kids that go hungry."
She's asking local residents to help and to share with your employees, co-workers, family, and friends.
"If we all give a little, there will be none going without. For each $120 donation, you can adopt one child to receive a bag food every Friday for the entire school year."
Should you have any questions, you can contact Michelle directly at 270-784-2371.