TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Hunger is a distraction no child should be faced with in the classroom.
That's why ABC 27 and Second Harvest of the Big Bend are teaming up for the Feed the Need School Food Drive to raise money for Second Harvest’s Backpack Program.
During the school year, the program provides children with seven meals each Friday to ensure their nutritional needs are met over the weekend. Since 2010, the program has provided more than 1,000 bags of food weekly to children in Leon, Gadsden, Madison, Wakulla, Jackson, Jefferson, and Taylor counties.
Second Harvest's goal is to provide 2,000 backpacks for students this upcoming school year.
To help them meet that goal and as part of their month long Envision No Hunger Campaign, ABC 27 is donating $12,000.
That’s a start, but the need is great and we need your help to make sure children in the Big Bend don't go hungry.
On Thursday, July 30 from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., call 850-727-5207 or visit FightingHunger.org/FeedtheNeed. Throughout the day, local businesses will also match donations given from during the telethon.
Together, we can make sure no child goes without a meal this school year.
To donate online, click here.