LaFargeville Central School is setting up its own backpack program.
The program got its start locally at South Jefferson Central. Backpacks filled with food are sent home with kids from needy families to make sure they can eat over the weekend.
At LaFargeville, 260 of the 575 students enrolled -- or 46-8 percent -- are receiving free or reduced lunches.
Those are the kids who are most at risk for not having enough to eat at home.
To help raise money for the new program, there will be a Zumba fundraiser at the school from 9 to 11 a.m. on November 23.
Registration is at 8:30 a.m.
The backpacks are typically filled with things like peanut butter and jelly, instant macaroni and cheese, soup, instant mashed potatoes, instant oatmeal -- foods that kids can prepare for themselves.
Anyone who wants information on starting their own backpack program can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 29, 2016, Watertown, NY