Reidsville City Council member Terresia Scoble, a member of the Reidsville Kiwanis Club, recently spoke to club members about the benefits of Rockingham County’s Backpacks for Kids program.

The goal of the initiative is to supplement weekend food supplies for children in need in grades K-5 so that they do not go hungry while away from school.

For 21.3% of Rockingham County’s school children, food is scarce at home, so the nutrition program aims to discreetly supply kids with backpacks full of nutritious foods to sustain, Scoble explained.

Children receive easy meals through the program, which include healthy snacks, milk or juice, apples, oranges and veggies. Filled backpacks are delivered to district schools where social workers or family counselors distribute them.

Scoble explained that food insecurity is a social and economic condition where access to food is limited or uncertain. Rural areas such as Rockingham…

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