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River Creek Blog: The Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies will be hosting their third annual Friends Giving Gala at the River Creek Club this coming Nov.10 at 6 p.m. The event will include dinner, music and dancing. The Backpack Buddies have tickets available for $125 that can be purchased by http://www.BBFLoudoun.org/Friendsgiving/

According to the Virginia Department of Education “Nearly 10,000 students in Loudoun County are food insecure. Most of these students are eligible to receive free or reduced cost meals at school during the week but they lose this support on the weekends.”

That’s where the Backpack Buddies Foundation has stepped in. The program began in 2014. According to their information, “it started with two Leesburg Elementary Schools supporting 275 students, but that was the tip of the iceberg with over 3,000 students who rely on volunteer-led food programs over the weekend and extended school breaks.”

According to president and founder Daniel Hampton, “During the current school year there are 82 schools and 3,683 students receving supplemental weekend food through backpack buddy programs.” He says they confidentially receive bags of food to take home for the weekend or long holiday, “including six meals, two milks and snacks.”

Treats for Troops: It is truly the season of giving. The Riverside High School in Lansdowne, under the auspices of their PEER program, for the third year is collecting candy, letters and cards for service members overseas. Mrs. Evan Rodgers, school counselor said, “the program was started by a student who continued the program after she entered Rock Ridge High School.” She says, “we ask students and their parents to donate the candy. Last year we collected 620 pounds to send to our troops overseas.”

The program, Rodgers says,“has expanded to Belmont and now Fairfax County schools are involved. Our biggest challenge is raising money for shipping.” They rely on sponsors and individuals to provide funds for this purpose. And they have to ship to persons as opposed to an Army Base. Also they have to be careful not to send chocolate to desert areas, since the chocolate could melt.

Alternately named “Sweets for Soldiers” collections will continue until Nov. 8. Large cardboard boxes are set up at in the lobby at Riverside HS. For interest in contributing email Mrs. Rodgers at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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