PIGGOTT, Ark. (KAIT) - A school’s backpack program is gearing up for the holidays to make sure the need is met for their students over Christmas break.
The Piggott School District is in a race to collect non-perishable food items.
The district-wide competition between grade levels tracks how many items each grade brings in.
School Counselor Amber Harrell says the district has been doing this backpack program for years.
Every week the school sends home food. Over the extended holidays, the need is even greater.
“Some students just don’t have food,” she says. “Their food supply is limited. We just want to supplement that so they’re able to eat.”
Fifth-grader Jonah Mahan is off to a great start. He’s collected over 40 canned goods.
He says it’s important to think of everyone during the holidays.
“Some people don’t have that much money and they can’t afford food, water, things that you need to stay alive,” he says.
Harrell says the school will help around 40 families through the extended backpack program this Christmas break.
To make a donation, deliveries can be taken to the Piggott Elementary School or Piggott High School.