Food pantry president talks benefits of ‘Backsack’ program

Staff Writer

HANCOCK COUNTY — Tom Ferguson, president of the Hancock County Food Pantry, recently visited the Kiwanis Club to give more information to members about the BackSack weekend food program.

Gleaners Food Bank developed the program to provide children in Grades K-6 a BackSack filled with enough kid-friendly, shelf-stable food to get them through the weekend. It recently expanded the program to Hancock County, partnering with the Hancock County Food Pantry.

In the 2013-14 school year, elementary schools in the Greenfield-Central, Mount Vernon and Eastern Hancock school systems were served a total of 204 BackSacks per week.

This program is funded by Gleaners Food Bank, and the food pantry functions as a community partner to distribute the BackSacks to each school system.

— Staff Writer, Amanda Matlock