On Thursday mornings during the school year volunteers gather to pack bags of food for students in the Backpack Food for Kids program.
Friday was the first day this school year that the food was sent home with the kids.
“We had 199 to start this year,” said volunteer Kathy Rhodes, up from 130 last year.
“It was a good opening,” Rhodes said, expecting it to get up to 250 soon.
The volunteers come from across the county, from Sun City to East Griffin, from churches and local sororities.
The food is provided and packed at Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry. The bags are delivered on Thursdays to each of the schools, to give teachers time to get the bags to the students to take home on Friday.
The food is sent home for children in need who eat breakfast and lunch at school, so they have food to eat on the weekends. The participants are recommended for the program by teachers and counselors at their schools.