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Rotary learns of Boomerang Backpack option

July 11, 2013

Pastor Lois Cannon (left), from West Point United Methodist Church, and Heather Ward, from First Church of God, were the guest speakers at Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY —Boomerang Backpacks is the name of a new program for food distribution for elementary aged students in Whitley County.

At Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting, Columbia City Rotarians learned of the program and how it helps children.

The mission of the program is to alleviate hunger over weekends, decrease health related sicknesses due to hunger, and help children improve their ability to concentrate.

The technique involves sending children home from school for the weekend with a backpack full of food, given to them at their school.

The idea is that if the child suffers from hunger issues over the weekend, this will help them not suffer from food insecurities.

Then on Monday, the backpack is “boomeranged” back to school for use the following weekend.

This program is designed for students who currently receive free and reduced lunches.

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