Is how Middletown School District President John Perrino describes the No Kid Hungry Backpack Program the Middletown Lions Club has been providing to children for the last seven years.
Recently he brought along some of the district’s top administrators to see the program in action. They joined in with the Lions Club members and other volunteers in filling the backpacks with food items.
(left to right) Board President Perrino, Assistant Superintendent for Administration Michael Tuttle, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Amy Creeden, Lions Club No Kid Hungry Backpack Chairman Glenice Foglia, and School Superintendent Richard Del Moro.
81 backpacks were packed and then delivered to the William Carter, Presidential Park and Maple Hill Elementary Schools and Truman Moon Anex. Students are given the backpacks to take home on the last day of school each week. This provides needed food during the weekend. On Monday they bring the backpacks back to be refilled.
Once the backpacks are filled, they’re counted and carted off the the schools. The Lions and volunteers some from the BRIDGES Program at SUNY Orange load the backpacks into cars and deliver them to the schools.
Superintendent Del Moro and Glenice Foglia, Chairman of the No Kid Hungry Backpack Program for the Lions Club talk about how the backpacks help fill the gap in providing needed nutrition to students. Del Moro says proper nutrition is one of the keys to our children’s success and thanked the Lions Club for this benefit it provides the community.
The backpacks are filled in space donated by St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Middletown.
Foglia thanked the many Lions and members of the community their support. She said the fruit and several additional food items for this batch of backpacks was donated by the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley in Cornwall.
Most of the funds for the project come from fundraising activities of the Middletown Lions. However, Foglia says individual donations are always appreciated. Donations can be sent to the Middletown Lions Club, with a notation for the No Kid Hungry Program, Post Office Box 122, Middletown, NY 10940.