After Marilyn Barba and other members of the Women’s Ministry group at Cross Road Assembly of God Church heard about children searching for food in local restaurant dumpsters, they knew they had to confront the problem.
“When a room full of moms and grandmas find out something like this, they get busy,” she said.
Siuslaw Elementary School Principal Michael Harklerode was contacted by the group and asked about the hunger problem.
“I told them we have knowledge of families in need,” said the principal. “We know most of these families aren’t under the bridge, homeless or helpless, but they need food.”
That’s all the confirmation it took to get the “moms and grandmas” and some dads and grandpas, too, raising funds and starting the nonprofit Food Backpacks for Kids, a program that provides ready-to-eat, non-perishable meals for children to take home for the weekend.
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