Backpack Program Gets Big Response At Starbuck Elementary

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It might seem startling, but 80 percent of the student body at a Watertown elementary school lives below the poverty line.

That number explains the massive response to a new backpack program at Starbuck Elementary.

The program sends kids home each weekend with a bag full of food. It's organized by the Northern New York Rural Health Care Alliance and 115 students have signed up.

"These are people that are hard-working people that are working two and three jobs just to pay bills," said organizer Patty Bishop, "and it's a reflection on our economy, I think."

The program costs $2,400 a week to run and is supported by sponsors and donations.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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