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Updated: 12/03/2013 08:00:01AM

Backpack program assures children need not be hungry

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

Walmart donated bags for the volunteers to use in assembling packs of food for young students to take home for over the weekend. Martha Jo Markey of the DeSoto Education Foundation said, "How can we expect children to learn if they haven't eaten?"

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

Home-schooled children help out with filling backpacks full of food for children to take home for the weekend. The foods are easy to open and prepare, and include meals such as mac and cheese that appeal to children.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

Food prepared for children to take home for the weekend includes meals easy for a child to fix along with information about good nutrition. The food comes from the All Faiths Food Bank of Sarasota.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Many volunteers come to the Family Service Center Annex to prepare backbacks of food for elementary and middle school children to take home for the weekend.

By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

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Children who are hungry cannot learn.

In DeSoto County, many children get nutritious meals at their schools, but when they go home for a weekend, the cupboards are sometimes bare.

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