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August 12, 2014

Pennyrile hosts food backpack drive

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HOPKINSVILLE, KY:  Pennyrile Ford is making helping out a good cause a whole lot of family fun with its Second Annual Backpack Food Drive.

The event, which features music, food, inflatables and a prize drawings, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the dealership on Fort Campbell Blvd. It’s all free. People are just asked to bring donations of non-perishable food items.

“The backpack program helps hundreds of local schoolchildren and we’d like to see folks turn out in support,” said Clay Smith, owner of Pennyrile Ford. “And we’ll make sure they have a good time while they’re here.”

Pennyrile has put together a lineup of activities to ensure people have fun:

  • Jordan Minton, a young country musician from Nashville, will be performing.
  • WVVR’s mascot, “The Beaver,” will be there to be photographed with children. Be sure to bring your cameras!
  • Drawings will be held for one boys and one girls bicycle.
  • Backyard Bouncers is bringing a bounce house and inflatable slide.
  • A drawing will be held for a “Country Music Lovers Prize Package” provided by Comcast. Valued at more than $250, it includes Bose headphones and bluetooth speaker, a $50 iTunes card and other prizes.
  • Everyone will receive a Chik-fil-a snack.

The Christian County Schools Backpack Program is coordinated through each school’s family resource center, according to Heather Aubin Lancaster, the system’s communications and community education director. Without the backpack program, she said, many children would otherwise go hungry on weekends.

Added Karie Pepper, family resource coordinator at Holiday Elementary: “In the job that we do,” we are dealing with the everyday needs of students. If you can do one thing to help make the educational process be a little better and you see the difference in a child, that is what’s most important.”

Through the backpack program, non-perishable food items such as cereal, cheese or peanut butter crackers and pudding cups are discreetly sent home with children in their backpacks. The focus is on foods that can be easily prepared by children or eaten right from the package.

“We live in a caring, giving community, “ Smith said, “and the backpack program is a great example of how we can pitch in to help those in need.”

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