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Grant feature: Filling backpacks and bellies

Sep 28, 2017

In Ticonderoga, New York, more than one quarter of the area’s households live at or below the federal poverty level. Some children there don’t even know what “dinner” is. On weekends, many of them simply don’t eat.


For those kids, the Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga's Ticonderoga Area BackPack Program means the difference between hunger and health. Every week during the school year, Kiwanians receive deliveries of nutritious food. Then they organize storage, fill the backpacks and discreetly deliver them to the children.

“The difference in health and behavior between a nourished child and a hungry child is profound. We’re helping them avoid the devastating impact of poverty and hunger,” shared John Bartlett, club past president and program coordinator.

In the 2015-16 Kiwanis year, a grant from the Kiwanis Children’s Fund helped the club get more food to more kids. In a community with so much need, that’s a big deal. And it’s a measure of our donors’ impact: increases in the health, development and improved school performance that come from nutritious eating.