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July 23, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters from Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Backpack program reaches out to community

The merit and health of a community should be judged by how well we care for the less fortunate among us. Children do not ask to be put in unfortunate situations where there is no food in the house. When they find themselves in this circumstance they can blame themselves or feel shame. They become apprehensive or fearful. Lack of proper nutrition can adversely affect their health, growth and development. It is difficult to pull yourself up by your boot straps if you do not have a pair of boots. Most people appreciate a hand up. If children do not have their basic needs met, how can we expect them to learn, perform and grow into healthy, productive adults? What we invest in our children will come back ten-fold. These children will be the ones who care for us as well as teach the next generation. It really does take a community to raise a child.

We are all God’s children, we are all something greater than ourselves, we all have a piece of the puzzle. How do you fit in? Time? Treasure? Talent? Where can you help?

You may or may not be aware that there is a backpack for food program in each Logansport elementary school. This program sends food home weekly for children so they have food over the weekend. This program provides needed nutrition throughout the school year.

This program is supplemented through the “friends of the backpack for food program.” This group collects peanut butter so that each backpack goes home with a jar over each long school break. And this is why I am writing this letter.

To date, 1,500 jars of peanut better have been sent home for extended school breaks. That is a lot of peanut butter.

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