How can a child focus on solving a math problem or memorizing a new word when he or she is trying to ignore the persistent pangs of hunger?
Across the country, teachers and school nurses have found that in some instances, Monday morning comes and they are forced to compete against hunger for the attention of their students. More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, the fuel that they need to get them through the week. What happens to these children when they go home over the weekend?

What is the back pack buddies program?
The back pack buddies program sends home a back pack of healthy food EVERY Friday to help supplement weekend meals for ALL students within Swanton Local Schools who wish to participate.

How many kids are reached through this program?
The Backpack Buddies program sends back packs home with nearly 100 students every week.
Approximately how much does it cost to assemble 100 back packs of food a week? The approximate cost to assemble each back pack is $6. The Backpack Buddies program is funded solely through donations from community businesses, families, and citizens like you. Each donation is an immense help to the program and is appreciated by all members of the Backpack Buddies program.

How can you help?
Monetary donations are appreciated and can be made to Swanton Local Schools Foundation Back Pack Buddies Program. Donations can be dropped off at Park Elementary School, 101 Elton Parkway, Swanton, OH 43558. For more information, please call 419-826-3766.