Farmers Learn How to Help Ease Students' Hunger Created by kblakeslee on 7/9/2013 12:37:27 PM
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) _ Indiana farmers are being urged to donate a portion of their grain harvest to help fund backpacks of food for needy children across the state.
The Grain for Good Program developed by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation encourages farmers to contribute a portion of their harvest so earnings can purchase food for the backpack program.
The Tribune-Star reports many students depend on the backpacks for meals on weekends and during the summer.
Deming Elementary School Principal Susan Mardis says about 89 percent of her students live in poverty. She says about 100 backpacks go home each weekend, but officials must rotate the backpacks among students because demand exceeds supply.
The backpacks contain easy-to-prepare items such as peanut butter, crackers, jelly and a can of sausages.