ACTC's Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) supported the Backpack Program for the Lawrence County School District as a service project this fall.
The backpack program provides underprivileged children with nutritious snacks to eat on the weekend. Backpacks donated by Wal-Mart are filled with low sugar, high nutrition snacks and sent home on Friday. The children return the backpacks on Monday and they are refilled with food for the following Friday.
For children who only have access to healthy foods during the school week, the program helps will the nutrition gap. There are currently 81 students in the program, according to Edris Humphrey, Director of Federal Programs and Finance for Lawrence County Schools. Those students have better attendance, are more alert during class and earn better grades.
The AAWCC collected 762 food items and about $50 in September for the Backpack Program. The AAWCC is a non-profit organization that supports equality, equity and excellence in education and employment for women in community, junior and technical colleges.
Shown below with food items collected for the Backpack Program are, from left, Dr. Greg Adkins, ACTC President and CEO, and AAWCC members.