SAD #46 BACKPACK PROGRAM RECEIVES $2,500 PLUM CREEK FOUNDATION GRANT

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FAIRFIELD, Maine--Dec. 26, 2013--The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 grant to School Administrative District #46 in Dexter to help fund the backpack program, which provides hungry children with a backpack full of healthy food.

According to School Nurse Crystal Greaves, the program was created to help combat the growing number of hungry children. More than 45 backpacks are distributed on a rotational basis each Friday. Households with more than one child receive two backpacks and extra food is allotted for long weekends and vacations.

“How can a child focus on a math problem or learn a new word when he or she is struggling with hunger?” said Greaves. “Thanks to the help of the Plum Creek Foundation, we can ensure students never go hungry, whether at school or at home.”

The program partners with the local food pantry but also relies on donations from grocery stores and community organizations. The Plum Creek Foundation grant will go directly towards purchasing the food that will fill the backpacks.

The SAD #46 Backpack Program’s mission is to prevent youth hunger within their student population.

     

The mission of the Plum Creek Foundation is to provide philanthropic contributions to support and improve the general welfare of life in the communities that Plum Creek serves. The Foundation board meets quarterly to review applications submitted from organizations in the company’s operating communities. Visit the Community Involvement page on Plum Creek’s website at www.plumcreek.com to download an application.

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