Pastor Tim Reeves (pictured) of the Middleburg United Methodist Church was on hand at the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday to discuss the Backpack Food Program at Benjamin Logan schools.
The Backpack Food Program is part of the Feeding Our Future, one of 2,200 similar programs being conducted throughout the country serving more that 90,000 kids per year. Pastor Reeves explained that Urbana and Kenton have similar programs. Indian Lake Schools kicked off its program last year, followed by Benjamin Logan and Bellefontaine schools this year.
The schools select third grade students from 'food-insecure' homes and send those kids home for the weekend with backpacks containing six meals and four snacks that were collected and packed by volunteers. The students then return the backpack on Monday and the process is repeated the following weekend. Pastor Reeves said that 10 Benjamin Logan students currently receive the backpacks.
If a student returns the backpack for four straight weeks, their family will receive a certificate good for $15 toward a Firehouse Pizza in Zanesfield.
In other club business, April Students of the Month (pictured) were honored, each receiving certificates. From Bellefontaine High School, Allison Penny and Rohan Prasad were honored, while Amanda Frasure and Nick Mobley from Benjamin Logan received certificates. From Indian Lake High School, Erika Kysenceder and Joshua Purtee were recognized, as were Riverside's Mara Ledley and Johnathan Wheeler. Ohio Hi-Point students Bryanna Messner and Damon Devine were honored and West Liberty-Salem's Megan Etgen and Aaron Scott received certificates.
The Kiwanis will host Lori Plummer from the Humane Society serving Logan County at next Thursday's meeting at the Masonic Center on North Main Street.