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Kids BackpackL-R Marilyn Barba, Chairwoman Women's Ministry, Julie Brown, Exalted Ruler, holding backpack, Deb Williams, Women's Ministry Board Member

Backpack food itemsFood items given to at-risk kids

Florence Elks Lodge #1858 donated $1,000 from its Youth Activities Fund to the Florence Crossroads Church Women's Ministry for their Food Backpack for Kids program. This program provides at-risk children with backpacks filled with nutritious, prepackaged food that provides three ready-to-eat meals a day for the weekends during the school year. Backpacks are privately distributed by the grade school office to the most at-risk children. Only the school administrative staff know the identity of the recipients. The need for weekend meals is close to 60 students.

This donation was made possible by a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation. Florence Lodge became eligible for this grant after reaching the Grand Lodge standard for donations to the Foundation. The Florence Elks Lodge Ladies of Elks contributed a matching donation of $1,000.

Florence Elk Lodge #1858 and the Ladies of Elks are proud to be able to contribute to this worthy program that does so much for our at-risk youth.