Program Helps Insure Kids Don't Go To School Hungry

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A new program in Coeur d'Alene is making sure kids aren't showing up to school hungry by sending food home with the students on the weekends.

Sheri Bullock is a mother of only three kids but she feeds 100 kids every weekend.

"The idea behind what they get is to hopefully provide them with two breakfast meals, a couple entrees, some healthy options to get them through until they go to school Monday," Bullock said.

Bullock started the Coeur d'Alene Backpack Program last year after hearing some students were showing up to class hungry.

"The kids would come in and ask for extras, or their friends would ask say that Timmy hasn't eaten since Friday afternoon do you have extra food for them? They were just coming in hungry and the school nurses and counselors see kids that are hungry all the time," Bullock said.

The program has grown from 16 kids when it started last year to 100 this year in four different schools.

"The teachers, the principals, the counselors all work together to select the students in their schools," Bullock said, adding that she hopes the program will continue to grow because the problem isn't getting any smaller.

Almost 50-percent of the kids in the Coeur d'Alene School District live at or below the poverty line which means they qualify for free or reduced lunch. It's a big issue, that a small sack lunch is helping deal with.

"The kids come at the end of the day Friday get their bags, put in backpacks and off they go," Bullock said.

To learn more about the Coeur d'Alene Backpack Program, to donate or to volunteer, click here.