Backpack program needs food

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KFB coordinating donations during Chamber event Saturday

By Lisa King

The Shelby County Backpack Project is once again in need of food, and the latest drive to help is being held by Kentucky Farm Bureau during an event on Saturday.

Agent Mary Jo Newton said the KFB trailer would be parked at Shelby County High School Saturday during the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Showcase to take donations for the organization.

The project, began in 2006 by Cristy Meredith, furnishes food for underprivileged elementary school children to eat on the weekends, when they are not able to have access to meals at school.

Newton said she urges everyone, whether attending the showcase or not, to bring items of food to the trailer.

“It’s a really big trailer, and we want to fill it,” she said. “We’re making a big push to get everybody that attends to bring food for the Backpack program, because they have no food right now.”

Needed items include cans of Vienna sausage, soup, Chef Boyardee products, Pop Tarts, cereal bowls, cereal bars, fruit cups, and snacks, such as peanut-butter and crackers, chips, Rice-Crispy treats, pudding and similar items.

Newton said food should be in pull-top containers, so children can open them easily.

“It can be any flip-top item,” she said.

Since Backpack’s establishment, many different organizations and businesses have conducted food drives. Newton said several churches are also doing so, including Shelby Christian Church.

People also may bring food to either of Shelby County’s two Kentucky Farm Bureau offices, at 1201 Mount Eden Road or at 6999 Shelbyville Road.

Monetary donations may also be made by mailing a check to the Shelby County Backpack Project, P.O. Box 117, Shelbyville, 40066.


Helping Backpack

WHAT:Food donations for Shelby County Backpack Project


WHERE:Chamber’s Community Showcase at SCHS

TO MAIL A DONATION:P.O. Box 117, Shelbyville, 40066