Blessings in a Backpack gets donation

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

FLAT LICK, Ky. (WYMT) - The Blessings in a Backpack program at one Knox County school got a large donation!

Scottish Rite donated $5,000 to the Blessings in a Backpack program at Flat Lick Elementary.

The program provides a backpack of food for children each Friday. The program is designed to give children nutritious meals on the weekends. Backpacks are filled on Thursdays, given to students on Fridays, and then returned on Mondays.

The Flat Lick Elementary School principal says since the program started, attendance has gone up and students are doing better in class.

"Because they have a full belly, and having a full belly enables them to do better academically and socially and this program is well-needed throughout our communities. I'm just thankful we have Flat Lick to be able to run as an organization," said Darren West with the Blessings in a Backpack program.

Scottish Rite officials presented the check during a student assembly at the school on Wednesday.

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