Backpack Snack Attack (Aired on January 23 & 24, 2016)
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RadioRotary interviews Sue Puett, Executive Director of Warwick Reformed Church’s Backpack Snack Attack program, and Warwick Valley Rotarian Stan Martin about this effective approach to making sure that children who receive free lunches at school during the week do not go hungry on weekends. The program started in 2009 by Warwick Reformed Church with a financial assist from a Rotary District Grant arranged by Warwick Rotary and now feeds more than 300 school children in the Town of Warwick, NY. The Backpack Snack Attack provides 13 to 14 non-refrigerated individual-sized food items such as pudding cups, cheese-and-crackers, and fresh fruit to children identified by school guidance counselors as in need. There is also a summer program of weekly food distribution.