BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - Many schools in Region 8 are suffering since funding from the Arkansas Rice Depot was cut.
The funding helps support local backpack programs for kids who may not have access to food on the weekends.
Brookland School District is just one of many schools that no longer have that funding, but the community has stepped up to help.
A Brookland Boy Scout troop spent the weekend collecting food donations for the school at Bill's Fresh Market in Jonesboro
They received more than $1,000 in food donations.
Also partnering with the school is Brookland Baptist Church. They gave the school a room to store all of the food.
A women's group also helps pack the backpacks for the students to take home.
Brookland Elementary School Counselor Tressa Davis said these backpacks are a necessity.
"If they don't have it, they miss it," Davis said. "They are asking 'where's my bag of food', 'where's my this', you know, because they need that to be prepared for Monday for school, for their education."
Davis said she appreciates the church because that is one less stress they have to worry about.
The school also received several donations from local businesses.
If you can help stock the shelves, Davis said please drop off food or monetary donations at Brookland Elementary.
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