Backpack programs begins at southern Kentucky school

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) - A southern Kentucky woman has taken up the plight of hungry children by starting a backpack program at an elementary school.

Melinda Moses told The Times-Tribune that the initiative sends a backpack full of food home with needy children when they leave the classroom of Boston Elementary in Whitley County on Friday afternoon. Moses says the food - mostly items that are packaged and ready to eat - ensures children have enough food don't go hungry while their out of school on weekends.

She said she worked with Denise McKeehan to get the program started in January at one school. Eventually, she said she like to see it spread to all schools in Whitley County.

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