Pay It Forward Civitan members, Alycia Taylor and Dianna Norville prepare bags for the Backpack Buddies program. (Contributed photos)
Pay It Forward Civitan's Backpack Buddies Program is continuing to grow thanks to a grant from Tyson Foods, Inc. Pay It Forward (PIF) Director and Tyson Foods, Tarboro, employee Robin Sanders applied for the $25,200 grant to further benefit the food insecure children of Nash and Edgecombe Counties through PIF Civitan's Backpack Buddies Program. Childhood hunger can lead to developmental, health and behavioral problems, and can make it more difficult to concentrate and succeed in school.
Pay It Forward began their Backpack Buddies Program in the fall of 2015 at Nashville Elementary School. They currently provide nutritious meals every week to 20 children containing two lunches, two dinners, two snacks and three beverages. These children are identified by school social workers and may not have adequate food on the weekend when school is not in session. Ann Trip, PIF Chair for the program, purchases the food and club members help pack and deliver.
Since receiving the Tyson Foods grant, PIF has added Phillips Middle School to their Backpack Buddies Program and are providing for 16 children. These children are better prepared to learn and grow thanks to healthy weekend meals and snacks provided by PIF and the generosity of the grant from Tyson Foods. Pay It Forward Civitan hopes to make a difference in the lives of these children so one day they can "pay it forward" too!
If interested in helping with the Backpack Buddies Program or helping others in the community, Pay It Forward Civitan meets at Ribeyes in Nashville the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m.