Ohio food bank seeks help on backpack effort

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio food bank is looking for volunteers to help with rising demand for its school-year BackPack Program to fight childhood hunger.

Fairfield-based Shared Harvest fills bags with food and then puts them in the backpacks of children identified as at risk of hunger. The food is usually placed when children are at recess or elsewhere outside of the classroom. It’s meant to make sure they have food at home over the weekend.

The Hamilton JournalNews reports (http://bit.ly/18xYyI0 ) that more than 81,000 bags of food were distributed last school year in Butler, Warren, Miami and Darke counties. The BackPack Program coordinator says there has been a steady increase in demand.

The food bank hopes for volunteers to get 2,500 bags of food ready for the first week of school.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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