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Rockwood Schools helping feed homeless students when they're away from school

Rockwood Schools helping feed homeless students when they're away from school

by Mark Schnyder

KMOV.com

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 2:21 AM

(KMOV)--Have you ever thought about what homeless kids who rely on free lunches at school do about food on weekends?

 

Rockwood Schools not only thought about it, they're doing something about it.

 

Rockwood says it has about 160 homeless kids in their 22,000 student district.  Since January, every school has been sending homeless kids (whose parents agree to it) with backpacks full of food.

They're filled with things like bread, peanut butter, cereal, fruit and even grocery store gift cards.

This way the kids are taken care of even when they're away from school.  I talked to Maureen Smith about it Wednesday morning at Fairview Elementary in Wildwood.  She's the teacher who took the idea from a school district in Kansas City.  She says other St. Louis area districts are looking at doing the same thing. 

"As a teacher, we know we want kids to focus on learning but we also know if they're hungry, that's what they're focusing on so I just thought that's something I should help take care of," Smith said.

Rockwood is relying on donations to keep what they call "Got Your Backpack" going.  Anyone can drop off easy-to-open food at any Rockwood school.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.

 

 

 

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