FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Kids in the Franklin-Simpson School District need your help.
Community Education says they're still $6,000 short of meeting their goal for the Feeding America BackPack Program.
"We send bags of food home with our students every Friday during the school year to assist with families that may be challenged in having a sufficient amount of food at home for their children to eat in the absence of school meals," explains Robin Hollingsworth, the Director of Community Education for Simpson County Schools.
Last school year Simpson County Schools were at their highest number of free and reduced lunches with 65 percent of students qualifying.
Hollingsworth has become known as "the bag lady" by the younger students who receive the non-perishable food items. She says it's hard to find words to describe what it feels like watching the kids receive their food items.
"Even on our worst days in our own homes as the volunteers who are delivering, even when we think maybe our cupboards are bare, to imagine what these poor children are going home to," she thought out loud.
Donations for the BackPack Program are accepted year-round, with a Spring and Fall drive set up to be the final pushes each year. Those drives and the program as a whole are both events Hunt Ford in Franklin has been trying to spread awareness about according to Internet Director Amanda Thurman.
"This is one that's really close to all of our hearts, we have a bunch of kids at Hunt Ford. If you've ever come by after 3:00 to the showroom at Hunt Ford all of our kids are there, so we've all seen firsthand the need for the program."
Per Feeding America's contract, Hollingsworth says the school isn't allowed to allocate any money toward the BackPack Program.
"When you say who makes the program happen, you can just drive through Franklin-Simpson and everyone you look at is a reason for the program happening."
You can adopt a backpacker by making a one-time donation of $120. That money will supply one child with a bag of food each week for the entire 40 week school year.
Each bag will contain at least eight kid-friendly food items such as pop-top beef stew or chicken, shelf-stable milk, cereal, crackers, Jell-O cup, etc.
Any amount of donation will help, or you can donate some of the previously mentioned kid-friendly non-perishable food items yourself. Call Robin Hollingsworth at Community Education at (270) 586-3809 for more information. You can also mail a donation to the address listed below, but you must note 'Simpson County BackPack Program' on your donation memo to ensure proper designation of your gift.
PO Box 821
Elizabethtown, KY 42702