New additions coming to the Belmont Co. School’s Backpack Program

Hot meals could be the next addition to the Belmont County School’s Backpack Program.
The Belmont County Farm Bureau said in a press release, they’re raising $40 thousand to add dry meal packets to the program which would benefit students in Barnesville, Bellaire, St. Clairsville and Union Local schools.
With the $40 thousand the bureau said they will be able to package 22,222 meals.
The meals are delivered as dry ingredients which volunteers would have to package. The Farm Bureau said it costs about $1.80 to package the meals.
Each packet of food contains six servings.
There are a variety of menu options but bureau has teamed up with officials from across the county to decide which items they thought the kids would take to the most.
The final selection included: Macaroni & cheese, minestrone soup and oatmeal.
Every weekend, the Belmont County School’s Backpack Program sends lunches home with nearly 100 students.
On Friday, the bureau said they already have $1,000 raised for the meals and they just began their campaign.
They are now accepting donations to help reach their goal.
For every $100 donation, the Belmont County Farm Bureau will provide 300 servings of food.
The deadline for donations is June 15 and if everything goes according to plan, students who benefit from the backpack program could see these meals in their lunches as early as next school year.
You can find out how to send donations by contacting the Belmont County Farm Bureau.

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