100 backpacks, food donated by Eagle Rock food pantry

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Helping Hands Community Food Pantry in Eagle Rock recently donated 100 backpacks to be filled with food to the Cassville School District for the 2015-2016 school year. After school starts this fall, the backpacks will be distributed on Fridays for the weekend to help feed hungry children who are not otherwise getting the meals they need. The backpacks will contain six meals and two snacks, and the selection process is kept discreet and determined by teacher referrals. Shelley Sparkman, Cassville Intermediate School counselor, said the donation of the backpacks greatly helped defray costs as the district will now have more funds to use for food. Helping Hands Community Food Pantry is privately funded and relies on donations. They are located at 29497 Hwy. 86 in Eagle Rock and provide food and some household supplies to approximately 70 families in the Eagle Rock, Golden and Mano communities each month. Their goals are to provide for children in the area with the hope that none go to bed hungry and have food in the household daily. Pictured from left are, Ed Trease, Helping Hands treasurer; Rita Stringer, volunteer coordinator; Sparkman; Linda Ball, volunteer and secretary; and Kristie Preddy, Cassville Primary School counselor and backpack coordinator for grades K-5. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Helping Hands Community Food Pantry in Eagle Rock recently donated 100 backpacks to be filled with food to the Cassville School District for the 2015-2016 school year.

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