Have you ever gone two days without any food?
Sadly, many children in our area go an entire weekend with little or no food when a school meal is not available.
"Adopt-A-Backpacker" is a program that strives to feed those kids, but funds have decreased this year.
The Elizabethtown-based group that serves 42 Kentucky counties is trying to get food for hungry children and this year they need your help more than ever.
"The program assists about 19 schools in the Warren County and Bowling Green school district. Were able to provide food to children on the weekends where due to circumstances that they are unable to control they are not able to eat on the weekends,"says Bryan Lewis, Executive Director of Hope House.
Due to the recent decrease in funding and the increased price of supplying food, the Hope House may not be able to fill as many backpacks this year.
Warren Elementary, who has 90% of their students on free reduced lunches, is just one school in our area dealing with the effects.
"Just at Warren Elementary alone we have over 70 kids signed up, funding only allows 40 so we have to make up a difference of 30 right now," says Amy Carter, Program Coordinator of Family Resources.
The lack of food also begins to affect how the students learn.
"One of the things we deal with on Monday is things that happen over the weekend and those things are just going to be escalated if students aren't able to eat good, healthy meals,"says Josh Porter, Principal of Warren Elementary.
The hope house says that this amount of food will feed 223 kids but they still need to feed 237 more, and they're asking for your help.
Lewis adds, "There's more than the usual 80 dollars than there was the last 4 years of the program and so, since cost has gone up our need has gone up."
It will take 100 dollars a year or 38 cents a day to feed a child for 40 weeks.
"Please give to the kids, no kid should have to go hungry for a weekend,"says Carter.
To fill a backpack you can donate to the Hope House or log onto feedingamericaky.org