Volunteers hope Culver Elementary will be recipient of Blessings in a Backpack

Jeff Kenney
Citizen editor

Culver area volunteers hope a local incarnation of the Louisville-based 'Blessings in a Backpack' program (www.blessingsinabackpack.org) can help address the needs of students at Culver Elementary School, where a sobering 64 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced lunches, and some of those students may not be going home on weekends to three nutritious meals per day.

Dianne Johnson of Culver outlined the program at a recent Culver Kiwanis Club meeting, where she explained that each student would take home a backpack with a dietician-approved array of non-perishable foods for the child, aimed at ensuring that nutritious, filling meals are available (the program is anonymous regarding the identity of children receiving the backpacks).

The program costs $80 per child, which covers all 38 weeks of a given school year. Donations may be made online or by check or cash to the program's national center (Blessings in a Backpack Lock Box, P.O. Box 950291, Louisville, KY 40295) or in person to Johnson, who may be reached at captdianne@att.net or 812-699-1099. The hope is to collect $4,000 by the start of January, which covers 50 students for the year. Culver Bible Church will likely be a packing place and storage site for the food.

More information on Johnson's talk, and the program, appeared in the Dec. 11 edition of The Culver Citizen.