This article documents how an already existing program in Ohio has expanded during the COVID-19 crisis to feed students. The program, The Kettering Backpack Program, was created in 2006 to combat weekend hunger for children who receive free/reduced breakfast and lunch while school is in session. When schools were closed across the state, the backpack program’s local food supplier could no longer fill the district’s already due to increased demand, so they adapted to making daily calls to a variety of local grocers, which increased program costs. However, community outpouring to raise money for the program has been significant. Local
businesses have donated nearly $8,000, and Paypal donations continue to pour in.
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