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Hungry at Home program feeds hungry children

Backpacks aren't just for books and supplies at some Lowndes County Schools.

They're being filled with food so students don't go hungry when they're away from school on weekends.

Two Lowndes County teachers started the program when they heard about students who sometimes don't get enough to eat.

Each Thursday volunteers pack backpacks at Lake Park Elementary School for children who are hungry.  The program is called Hungry At Home. Angie Hendley and Teresa Parkerson started it in November.

"I had a little child last year specifically and after about two weeks of him going to the nurse and trying to figure out what was going on we realized it was just hunger pains," said Hendley.

Parkerson recalls the first time they saw the kids going home with their backpacks.

"Ms. Hendley described it best, it was like Christmas," said Parkerson. "The tears were just streaming down the faces of the volunteers when they saw their reaction we think that it's not a problem in our community but it is."

Each Friday 200 backpacks are sent home with students who are hungry.

That number includes students at Lake Park Elementary, Pinegrove Elementary, Dewar Elementary and Lowndes Middle schools. The program relies on donations from the community even from the littlest ones.

Six-year-old Maggie Jo Hamilton gave money she earned through her church's bible buck's program to the cause.

"I spent them on the food," said Hamilton.

"On average it costs about $7 a week to feed the children so for $250 dollar a year you could feed a child all year long for the weekends," said Lake Park Elementary Assistant Principal Julie Klein.

They're fighting hunger one back pack at a time. Each backpack contains six meals and four snacks to get the child through the weekend.

The volunteers often include extra food for siblings.

The Hungry at Home program needs backpacks, volunteers, and food. Contact Teresa Parkerson at tparkerson@lowndes.k12.ga.us or Angie Hendley at ahendley@lowndes.k12.ga.us or call (229) 559-5153 ext. 16 to help out.

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