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Area church helping to feed schoolchildren


School lunches are great. They’re nutritious. Filling. Tasty.

But, they are at school, leaving a big gap over the weekend for students who may not be able to eat as well at home.

Thanks to a program that kicked off last week at Wolcott Mills Elementary School, over 50 students will be able to take some food home over the weekend.

Michelle Campbell and a group from LaGrange United Methodist Church spent Thursday evening packing up bags that will go into students’ backpacks to take home. The bags were filled with non-perishable food items.

Campbellwas surprised when she found out that 83 percent of Wolcott Mills students qualified for free or reduced lunches. “Our Sunday school class was looking for a mission,” Campbell said. But, instead of looking afar, they found a need right here at home.

The X-plr’s Adult Sunday School Class from the church began working on “Blessings in a Backpack” and, with help from area businesses and individuals, will be able to supply 50 students with food every weekend for the school year.

Items in the bags sent home include canned pasta, breakfast pastries, snacks, popcorn, and other items.