School children learn better when they have a nutritious breakfast and a filling lunch. Families that qualify for reduced meal programs during school hours may not have access to those meals on weekends. Each Wednesday during the school year, we fill and send home backpacks with healthy, non-perishable staples to help these students stay well-fed and focused over the weekend. Students return the backpacks to school on Monday, and we pick them up for restocking. This is a huge ongoing project for our small club, and we have been fortunate that it actually pays for itself through the proceeds of select fundraisers, donations, the overwhelming generosity of our residents and community partners, AND astute shoppers who always seem to find great “deals” to make the money go farther.