Shen mom's Facebook post sparks community-wide effort to help feed kids

Shen mom's Facebook post sparks community-wide effort to help feed kids

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: March 16, 2020 07:28 PM
Created: March 16, 2020 06:14 PM

CLIFTON PARK - All this uncertainty is also bringing out some amazing community-wide efforts to make sure people are safe and healthy.

In the Shenedehowa School District, one mom's Facebook post about collecting food for students in need quickly spread and donations have been pouring in.

At Shen, there are about 270 students who go home every Friday with a bag of food to help get them through the weekend.

It's called the Bountiful Backpacks Program, knowing schools were going to close for a while volunteers loaded them up with extras - emptying the shelves on Friday.

Thanks to Kristen Cook's initial post, the shelves are once again stocked.

Cook asked for a simple request for easy to prepare foods like oatmeal packets, applesauce, and single-serve Mac and cheese.

Cook placed a box on her porch and it quickly filled up.

Then others started sharing the post and placing boxes on their porches.

In a two-day period, her garage filled up and on Monday, everyone started bringing their collected items to the Bountiful Backpack

Storage location on the Shen campus.

Not only are the regular weekly bags fuller than usual, there are enough donations to give each student an additional shopping bag full of snacks and a way to make foods.

Learn more about the program, and what other districts are doing, by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

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