Hungry children are often unable to fully engage in daily activities such as school and social interaction with peers. Children who have little or nothing to eat over the weekend return back to school on Monday hungry and unable to concentrate, learn and sometimes are unable to control impulses, leading to behavior issues.
Through the Weekend BackPack SnackPack Program, teachers and counselors at all elementary schools in Anderson County identify children who are at the greatest risk of falling into the Weekend Meal Gap. Free and reduced breakfasts and lunches are only available during the week, so the program provides needy children with meals to take home on Fridays. Each enrolled child receives a bag of child-friendly, ready-to-eat foods on Friday to take home for the weekend, when school meals are not available. Children return to school on Monday, well-fed and ready to learn.
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