Kiwanis donation launches school food bank program

Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 07:47 PM.

“This is a very good way to very discreetly help our children,” Barton said, adding that slipping meals into students’ backpacks does not overtly single them out as recipients of charity.

Assisting needy children is one of the Kiwanis club’s goals, club President Malcolm Haynes said.

 “We’re proud to help our area children,” he said.

The Bay Area Food Bank’s Panhandle branch in Milton will administer the program. The food bank serves the central Gulf Coast including Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.

If donors step forward, the program could expand to other area schools, including Baker and Laurel Hill Schools, Davis said.

“We look at their 50 percent or more reduced lunch lists,” she said. “It has to be sponsored by somebody before we can start it, so that’s why it was so helpful that Kiwanis could fund the program at Northwood.”

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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