PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - For many students, Spring Break isn't always a vacation. Many students around Region 8 rely on school backpack programs to have food to eat during the break.
That is why Pay it Forward Paragould is helping Paragould School District and Greene County Tech "Bust the Backpack."
Signs line the aisles inside the two Hay's locations in Paragould suggesting what shoppers can donate. The list includes bottled water, Easy Mac, Pop Tarts, and Cereal.
"You see this sign, you're feeding a child," Pay it Forward volunteer, Krystal Ring said. "Bottom line, you're helping a child get a meal, get a snack. You know it's an easy way to give back. An easy way to feed children right here in Paragould."
Backpacks will be given to students who need them the Friday before Spring Break. The food donated will help to fill nearly 400 backpacks.
Ring said while you may not be able to control a child's home life, you can help make sure they have a snack.
"You can't help what parents are doing or maybe they have to work," Ring said. "You can't help those situations, but you can help feed a child by simply picking up some peanut butter and jelly or some microwavable mac and cheese. It's easy."
With the help of the community, Pay it Forward Paragould donated over 1,000 food and drink items to Paragould and Greene County School Districts. Dustin Rumsey, director of Pay it Forward Paragould, said volunteers hand delivered over 1,500 pounds of food to help feed kids during Spring Break.