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It’s hard to imagine that in our country today, thousands of children still go hungry, but the facts speak for themselves. In West Virginia alone, one in five children struggles with hunger, according to Feeding America. Feed to Achieve adds that over 67 percent of children in the state qualify for free or reduced-price meals, which translates to over 183,000 children whose family household income is below or nearly below the poverty level.

Without adequate access to food, children struggle to do as well in school and often have difficulties with learning and discipline. The Children’s Fund Backpack Program—a charity organized by the Brooke/Hancock Family Resource Network—is trying to help change that. Chaffin Luhana Social Worker Carol Neeley requested a donation to the charity this year, to help feed hungry children.

“The Children’s Fund Backpack Program provides lunches for kids at the schools on Friday,” she said.

“Two local churches pack them for the Northern part of the county and distribute them to the schools, which then discretely send them home with the children who might not have a meal until they return to school on Monday.”

The Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network is committed to developing grassroots movements to mobilize, engage, and empower the community for positive change. They have been a part of the community since March 1995.

At Neeley’s request, Chaffin Luhana is donating $250 to The Children’s Fund Backpack Program. If you’d also like to help, you can make a donation via the information listed below:


Children’s Fund Backpack Program

c/o Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network

1300 Potomac Ave., Suite C

Weirton, WV 26062



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