Community invited to help Albertville’s ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ program on Tuesday, July 12

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - Albertville City Schools is partnering with other community organizations to bring local children 'Blessings in a Backpack.' The goal is to make sure no student goes hungry when school breaks for the weekend.

The groups work with the school system during the school year to make sure identified students in Kindergarten through fourth grade don't go home for the weekend without food.  They need donations to make it happen, though, because it takes an army.

Emilie Adams is a student at Albertville Middle School, and has helped with the backpack program since second grade.

"I've helped with my church especially but every Thursday night me and my family can go up there," said Adams.

Adams is one of the volunteers who helps pack up the food during the school year.   On Tuesday, July 12 you can help too.

"The community partners that we have coordinated this event to ask people who are moving through our city on that day to come by and just give up their lunch money for one day for the Blessings in a Backpack program," said Rhonda Springfield, Community Education Coordinator.

The event will be held on the drive at the Albertville Chamber of Commerce from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Volunteers will be standing by to collect donations.

"We hope to see a lot of people who want to support this cause," said Springfield.

Connie Kennamer, coordinator of Albertville City Schools' Child Nutrition Program, said the school system serves 350 to 375 students each week through Blessings in a Backpack.

The program also works to serve other siblings.

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