Community Donates to HSSD Backpack Programs

Community Donates to HSSD Backpack Programs
Posted on 11/05/2018
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Thanks to the “Woods to School” Deer Snack Sticks program, the Hot Springs School District (HSSD) has acquired a protein-rich tasty snack for backpack programs. Backpack programs provide children with take-home backpacks of non-perishable food items each Friday to ensure they have food through the weekend.  More than 130 backpacks are sent home each week by HSSD schools. XPress Boats and Veranda Luxury Pontoons sponsored 2,000 deer snacks, made from deer meat harvested and processed in Garland County, through the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry Woods to School program.

“We are deeply appreciative to XPress Boats and Veranda Luxury Pontoons and Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry for helping us take care of our students. As educators, it is our responsibility to provide as safe and stimulating of a learning environment as possible in our classrooms. We cannot do that when children have empty stomachs,” says HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus. “Backpack programs and pantry efforts are crucial to sustaining a thriving student body, and have far-reaching benefits to the community at large. Thank you for helping to sustain the momentum of initiatives like these in our wonderful Hot Springs area.”

Backpack programs are organized differently at each school, some through partnerships with local churches and pantries, and one through the Arkansas Food Bank Backpack Program. Through backpack program efforts at all HSSD schools, students identified by teachers and counselors or through parent request forms receive inconspicuous backpacks of food on Fridays and return them empty on Mondays. Donations like the snack sticks ensure that food sources remain consistent for backpack programs.

Learn more about Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, here. Learn more about Xpress Boats and Veranda Luxury Pontoons, here.
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