The Backpack Program is just one of a variety of programs offered by Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, yet it may be one of the best known to some of the kids here in Logan County.

Currently, 140 students in the Russellville and Logan County School systems take home a food backpack every weekend during the school year that is provided by Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland. And these are just the ones provided through this program.

Several churches and other organizations provide the backpack program in some of the area schools without the assistance of Feeding America.

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland program began in 2006 and now provided around 6,000 children with food items to eat on the weekends when school food isn’t available. Teachers and FRYSCs identify children in need, and a bag of 14-17 easy-to-prepare food items are are placed directly in the child’s backpack at the end of each week.

Feeding America’s Backpack program began in Hardin County and has spread to 33 of 42 Kentucky counties served by this agency.

Chandlers and Lewisburg Elementary and the Russellville Independent Schools utilize this program for assisting their youth.

At a recent meeting, the Kiwanis Club of Russellville Logan County presented Logan County Feeding America Backpack program Coordinator Tammy Tinsley with a check for $1,200 that will sponsor 10 Logan County students for an entire school year.

Upon learning from one of the local school’s Family Resource Center Coordinators that they were currently having to place students on a waiting list due to needing 20 something more backpacks every weekend than they had funds to provide, the club voted to make a donation with this program and invited Mrs. Tinsley to come share more information with them during their next meeting.