Watertown Elks Club Donates Food To SchoolPosted: Updated:
Box by box, the truck is getting unpacked at Sackets Harbor Central School.
It's all food for the school's backpack program. Each weekend, students in need bring home a backpack full of food to tide them over for the weekend.
The truckload of donations is all from the Watertown Elks Club. But Sackets Harbor Central is only Raymond Cooley's first drop-off of the day.
The Elks are donating food to 7 Jefferson County schools this year, totaling at least $3,500 in food.
"We know there is still childhood hunger in our communities and we would like to help eradicate that. No child should have to be hungry or go to bed hungry at night," said Cooley, district state vice-president for Watertown Elks.
Officials at Sackets Harbor Central say donations like the one from the Elks Club help make the backpack program possible.
"We're a very small school district so it's difficult for us financially to fund that as a small district so we do rely heavily on donations to make sure those families are getting food for the weekend," said Carri Tibbles, principal.
Making a difference with boxes of macaroni and cheese and cans of vegetables.