The Rondout Valley Food Pantry received a $5,000 grant from the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation in support of its Weekend Food Backpacks for Children program.
The grant will provide two days of food over each weekend for 20 students in the Rondout Valley School District during the 2016-17 school year. These students do not have access to the free and reduced-cost breakfast/lunch programs in their schools during their weekends, so this program allows them to have nutritious meals during those two days. Their food backpacks go home with them each Friday, returned on the following Monday and then refilled on Thursdays.
Several local volunteers and Rondout Valley School District staff assist with this program.