Delaware Food Bank extending their kids backpack program to year-round
DELAWARE- The food bank announced yesterday that they will be extending their kids weekend backpack program to become year-round.
The community relations director for the Delaware Food Bank, Chad Robinson, said normally they just do the backpack program during the school year and not during the summer.
But after this summer, they saw the need for food insecurity increase, especially because of the impacts of COVID-19.
We are also told that since many parents are starting to go back to work and kids will be doing more virtual learning for school this food is necessary for kids who won’t have an adult at home to provide meals.
“There’s always those challenges that exist, and now obviously with COVID and all of the unique situations that that’s creating we just know that this opportunity to get that fresh food and that nutritious food out to folks out to kids is really important,” Robinson said.
We are told that 132 schools distributed free weekend meals during the 2019 to 2020 school year.
Plus, we are told that the food bank is still looking at how they will get backpacks to kids during the school as districts announce their reopening plans.