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Forces combined to fight hunger

May 6, 2014

Margaret Wise of Wise Farm (left) talks with interested buyer, Sunshine Fry (right), about local homemade soap. Husband and wife team, Al and Robin Saboski look on as vendors.

Nonprofit vendors and a variety of organizations came together Saturday to fight child hunger.

Boomerang Backpacks is a program that targets elementary school children who might not have quality food during the weekend.

Nutritious food is packed in backpacks and bags by volunteers, then delivered to elementary schools in the area on Fridays. The children then have food and healthy snacks to eat during the weekend.

The program is already in two of the four Whitley County Consolidated elementary schools. Saturday’s efforts brought the community together to expand that program to service the other schools.

“We’d like to see the backpacks offered at every elementary school in the Whitley County Consolidated school district,” said Cannon. “That’s our immediate goal. We want to know that we can sustain the program for more than just one year.”

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