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HOPE's Back Pack Program

HOPE's Back Pack Program

Join us on Saturday, June 22 from 9:30am to 12:00pm for Zumbathon for HOPE. All proceeds will benifit the Back Pack Program.

After a trial period at one elementary school during the spring of 2007, HOPE expanded the program to the four elementary campuses of the Jacksonville Independent School District for the 2007-08 school year. The Backpack Program provides nutritional meals and snacks for students whose primary source of food is the school cafeteria. By providing a backpack with food items to help sustain a child during the weekend before they return on Monday, their nutritional, mental and over all well being needs are being met.

Working with counselors, teachers and nurses at each of the campuses, students are identified. Identities are kept confidential so that participants are not embarrassed or singled out by other students. Backpacks used in the program resemble the every day backpack found at most schools. Backpacks and food are purchased by HOPE from the East Texas Food Bank and sent home with the student each Friday at the end of the school day. Each backpack contains food for breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Each student is responsible for returning the backpack on Monday when they return to school.

Beginning with the 2008-09 school year, the backpack program expanded to the New Summerfield Texas Independent School District. The district lies about 10 miles east of Jacksonville on US 79 and has a large Hispanic enrollment. A total of 134 students in both school districts are being served by the program.

Cost of the Backpack program is about $4.00 per week or $155.00 for the school year. Due to a lack of sufficient funds, the number of students being served does not meet of the student population who could benefit from the program, School counselors have a waiting list of students who qualify for the program.

New this year is HOPE's "Back Pack Club". Theses individuals, businesses and churches have joined together to fund a part of the Backpack program. You can contact Allison Hale at HOPE, 903-586-7781 if you would like to be a sponsor of the Back Pack Club.

Major Back Pack Donors

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