Keeping stomachs from growling is the main thing workers at the Action Ministries Rome Bagwell Food Pantry are aiming at this summer, as they gear up for their Backpack Buddies “on steroids” season, reported the Rome News-Tribune today.
“If they have empty stomachs during the school year, they can’t concentrate,” explained program coordinator Ramona Schwengel. “During the summer, we know many children depend on the Backpack Buddies over the weekend.”
Backpack Buddies are grocery bags filled with enough food to get children through the weekend. During the school year, the bags are packed by volunteers at the pantry with two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks and two fruits and then taken to schools and discreetly placed in children’s backpacks to take home.