LOGAN — To help raise awaresness for their buddy backpack program, the LEAD Community Organization is having an Ugly Christmas Sweater competition at their annual holiday party.
School-aged children in our community receive free or reduced-cost lunches throughout the week, but often go hungry on the weekends. LEAD has partnered with the Suffer the Children Foundation and local churches to combat hunger for these children by filling backpacks for them to take home.
Studies show hungry children do not learn as well in school which can have lifelong consequences.
Currently, LEAD is supplemeting food for 90 children at one grade school; however, LEAD recenlty received a request to support a school in Chapmanville.
The backpacks contain six meals and two snacks to share with siblings and other household family members.
In the program, schools provide LEAD with the number of children that need backpacks, and LEAD strives to fill backpacks for all of them.
To protect children’s privacy, LEAD is never given the names of the children who receive the buddy backpacks.
Schools have reported these children return to school on Mondays more alert and eager to learn in classes.
The cost to fill these backpacks is between $10-15 per child each week.
The total cost of the program is $900 a week.
If you would like to help support this program, you can donate food items, donate funds, and donate your time. For more information, please contact the LEAD office at 304-896-5000.