BackPack program helps feed McKinley students

Seventy-five kids at McKinley Elementary School in Lisbon are getting a little extra in their backpacks to take home over the weekend and on holidays. A bag containing microwavable meal cups, a pop-top fruit cup, macaroni and cheese, animal crackers, peanut butter, single serving snacks and individual cereal bowls are in the BackPack Program. The BackPack Program is a national program of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity. Locally the program is being funded by Making Kids Count, founded by Jenny Kenny and her family of New Springfield. They operate through the Second Harvest Food Bank that packages and distributes the food. The program is designed to ensure that children have access to the food they need over the weekend and on holidays. In Lisbon 61 percent of the students are eligible for this program. Shown distributing bags are Kim Peters, program manager from Second Harvest Food Bank; Jenny Kennedy, founder of Making Kids Count; and her daughter-in-law, Jana Coffin. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)