A new backpack program that sends weekend meals home with students-in-need has been formed at Hardin-Central School.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to nurse Heather Toler:

Heather Toler

Toler said it’s focused on taking care of students even when they’re not in school.  “We call it Bulldog Bites and it’s a weekend program for kids that may need the help,” said Toler,” We provide two dinners, two lunches and three breakfasts with snacks also included.  It’s just based on who we feel may need the assistance or anyone who contacts us asking for help.”

According to Toler, community participation is encouraged to ensure it’s success.  “All the food has to be kid-friendly so that they can open it and prepare it themselves,” said Toler,” This would include cereal bars or the easy-open cereal bars.  We try to stay away from anything with a lot of sugar content.  Any type of donation, monetary or food is all welcome.”

Those interested in assisting with the program are asked to contact the school office at 660-398-4394.