Corbin backpack program facing financial problems

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Cereal, applesauce, and pudding are just a few things that go into the backpack to feed needy kids in the Corbin area.

"Our kids don't have meals on the weekends. They don't have a way to go to Kroger or the grocery store and getting their own food. So this allows them to have food and drinks on the weekend." says Lynn Camp GearUp Director, Chance Hendrickson.

The program, which is funded by volunteers, started back in 2005.

"It was strictly in the Corbin city schools and there were about 40 children at that point." volunteer Tom Blair says.

So money wasn't really an issue then. But that number quickly grew from 40 to 750 leading to the financial problems they are seeing now.

"We are able to get special pricing on some cases so our budget goes a long way." Blair adds.

That budget is quickly vanishing and the number of hungry kids keeps growing.

"My biggest fear would be, and I hope this never happens, that we would say to some of the schools that we can't do this anymore." says program chair, Doris Moore.

So in this season of giving the volunteers are asking for your help.

"It's something we hope the local community gets behind and really makes a push for and see it's a great opportunity to help local kids." adds Hendrickson.

"Any help that we can get to make this program continue we would be so fortunate and appreciative." adds Moore.

If you would like to donate to the corbin backpack program you can call Doris Moore at (606) 528-1333.

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