With students in Daviess County Public Schools being out of schools due to the cold weather for the last three days, there is a growing concern for the students who rely on the meals they receive at school as the only daily meals they receive. Many of these students are also members of their school’s Backpack Feeding Program which ensures students receive a bag of food that is child-friendly, nutritious, nonperishable and easy to eat.
“A lot of out students may only get to have what they eat at breakfast when they are at school,” said East View Elementary School Principal Sonya Simpson. “We were worried with our students being out of school for three days. We are doing 43 home visits today. Knowing they’ve already been low on food, we wanted to make sure they had enough food for the weekend.”
Family Resource Coordinator Lori McFarland said she is looking forward to seeing the kids after the short break, and ensuring that they are okay.
“It’s important because we worry about the kids and we want to make sure they’re taken care of,” McFarland said. “We’ve missed them, so it’s great to see them. You can see in person the need that’s there and understand more where these children come from.”
DCPS Public Information Officer Lora Wimsatt was proud to share the photo of Simpson and her staff preparing to deliver meals on the day off.
“This is just an example of the ‘Kids First’ spirit demonstrated across the Daviess County Public Schools district, as EVES staff came in on their day off to pack and deliver food items to students who depend on this program for weekend meals,” Wimsatt said. “As you know, many DCPS families qualify for free and reduced-price meals because of low household income. The Backpack Feeding Program is one way we try to make sure these kids have access to nutritious meals when school is not in session.”