Area School District Participates in Blessings in a Backpack Program

(Sherrodsville, Ohio) – The Conotton Valley Union Local School District participates in the program to benefit those fighting childhood hunger across the U.S.

During the school week, students in need are given nourishment from their school’s free and reduced priced meal programs, however, this is not available on the weekends.

Blessings in a Backpack recognized this piece and over the last year was able to distribute 3 million bags of food to over 87,000 children across the nation. The Conotton Valley program was initiated by Karen Fiebaugh, wife of Mike Fierbaugh, retired teacher and coach with the district.

“Karen felt it was very important to give back to the community and especially the school where her boys graduated from and her husband spent his career,” explained Kelli Edwards, District Counselor. “She met with the school nurse, clinical counselor and myself to get this started.”

In February of this year, the program began providing weekend food for 50 children in the Conotton Valley School District. Officials noted the program was made possible thanks to a generous donation to the program earmarked for Conotton Valley students. Once the program was established in the local district, an additional need was recognized with figures showing 42 percent of Conotton Valley students receive free or reduced priced meals.

“Blessings in a Backpack fills that need and makes this possible,” added Edwards. “It is handled very discreetly so that others are unaware who is getting the food unless the child tells. We already have it down to a well-oiled machine.”

Officials add that the cost to feed one child for the entire school year is just $100.

Donations can be made to the Blessings in a Backpack program or directly to the school. Under ‘designation’ donors should type in the name of the school so it is credited correctly.

Questions can be addressed to Karen Fierbaugh at 740-269-3881 or Jill Putnam at 740-269-2711.

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