03/29/13 The Plymouth Optimists welcomed Chris Garner and Ellen Stillson to their weekly meeting to speak about a program dear to their hearts called “Blessings in a Backpack.” It provides food for the week-ends to children who may not have enough to eat for a variety of reasons. Blessings is a program designed to help as many children on free and reduced lunches as possible. Ellen and Chris have a goal of being able to provide food for 200 students for the school year.
Food is an essential building block, and in this case truly a blessing. Students who have participated in this program show marked improvement in school attendance, test scores, behavior, and health.
For more information or to get involved in a local program contact Ellen Stillson at 935-8479 or Chris Garner at 936-0613. Read about Blessings in a Backpack online at blessingsinabackpack.org.