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Blessings in a Backpack honored by BISD board

Special to the Courier

Photo courtesy BISD
At right, BISD Superintendent Regina Howell and BISD Board President Laurie Neff express appreciation for the contributions of the Blessings in a Backpack group. Present were (left to right) Roberta Himebrook, Donna Foster, Katie Treadwell, Trudy Moench, Pastor Larry McRorey, Dennis Treadwell, Mary Jane Linson and Hal Moench.

Representatives from the Blessings in a Backpack organization were honored at the Feb. 9 regular meeting of the BISD Board of Trustees for their contributions to the students at Alkek Elementary.
Representing the group were coordinators, Hal and Trudy Moench; back-up coordinators, Dennis and Katie Treadwell; Bandera United Methodist Church representatives, Pastor Larry McRorey and Mary Jane Linson; and Bridlegate Homeowners Association representatives, Roberta Himebrook and Donna Foster.
Blessings in a Backpack sponsors 50 students at Alkek Elementary.
The national nonprofit organization began in 2005 with just two schools, and now serves students in over 700 schools across the nation.
The program provides non-perishable food items that will help feed a child over the weekend for as little $2.50 per child. Items usually included in the backpack are granola bars, raisins, applesauce, crackers, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese and soups.
The food items are gathered on Thursday and delivered to the campus on Friday for counselors to distribute to teachers who then place them in student backpacks during recess. All recipients' names are kept strictly confidential.
This program is designed to supplement weekend meals for children who live in food insecure homes. The consequences of hunger in schools are the inability to concentrate, poor academic performance, headaches and stomachaches.
The local group aims to expand the program to children at Hill Country and Bandera Middle School. In effect since the fall, the program is already seeing improved attendance and other positives.
To support the local program, go to the Blessings in a Backpack website and donate using "Alkek School" as a designation, or send donations to the Bandera United Methodist Church.