Community groups, school district participate in weekend food program to fight hunger

If it truly takes a village to raise a child, then Massac County is setting an example on how it is done, according to Scott Deming.

"It was just heartbreaking to see the number of kids in this county that were going hungry on the weekends," Deming told Local 6. 

He’s a volunteer for the Weekend Blessings charity, which supplies food to children in need. Every week, dozens of bags are filled with nonperishable items that are then put inside the student’s backpack for the weekend. Deming said the need is consistent. "It runs from pre-K all the way through being a senior in high school," he said. 

The Weekend Blessings Backpack program started four years ago, and since then it’s gained support within the community. Now the Metropolis Police Department is a major sponsor.

"What started out as a small idea to get some sort of community relations program blossomed into stuffing the van," said Metropolis Police Department Sgt. Carl Manley.

He spear-headed the effort, which now includes Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and several churches. This week, nearly 70 students will get a bag full of donated food.

"When I started approaching the schools and the businesses to get involved, I thought they would take a lot of work to get to it. Once I explained to them the program, everyone was quick to jump on board," Manley said.

To learn more about the program, click here.

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