The Quapaw Nation recently provided funding to the Arkansas Foodbank for the Backpack Program for students at James Matthews Elementary School.
The school, in the Dollarway School District, will receive the aid for the 2019-2020 school year, according to a news release.
The program at James Matthews provides backpacks for 60 children each Friday with approximately 60 percent of their necessary nutrition for the weekend. Items include pop top meals, breakfast items and healthy snacks, according to the release.
“Arkansas Foodbank works closely with a coordinator at each school who, with the aid of faculty and a school nurse, identifies students in need who may benefit from the program,” according to the release.
One in 4 children in Arkansas are facing hunger, officials said. The Backpack Program ensures children have access to food on weekends when they are not in school to receive breakfast and lunch.
Last year, the Foodbank had 83 Backpack Programs serving more than 87,000 backpacks to students in need.
“We are so happy to partner with Quapaw Nation to ensure children at James Matthews Elementary are getting access to the nutritious food they need,” Rhonda Sanders, Foodbank chief executive officer, said. “What a difference this will make in the community.”