Rotary club works to feed students

With the school year reaching the halfway mark, the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover is doing it’s best to keep students fed during the weekends. The Rotary Club feeds students through The Back Pack Program. The club worked with the Department of Social Services to “adopt” Startown Elementary School in Newton.
“without the funding of the Rotary Club we couldn’t have this program,” Startown Principal Thomas Howell said. “The program now helps 50 families.”

Rotary Club President Jack McCaskill said when he chose the Back Pack Program as the priority program for the year he didn’t know much about it, but the more he learned they more he saw a need. The club then pledged $5,000 for the school year to help provide the food for the students in need.

“The purpose is to get them through the weekend,” McCaskill said. “If kids come to school hungry they can’t concentrate.”

The Back Pack Program was put in place to help the students who are known as food insecure. This means that students may not be aware of where their next meal is coming from.

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