About Woman's Club of Windsor - WES Backpack Program
The Proceeds from this race will be used by the Woman's Club of Windsor to sponsor the Backpack Program at Windsor Elementary School in cooperation with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. This nationally-recognized program distributes nutritious food to children before weekends and/or school breaks. Students are identified by school personnel as being food insecure by a variety of criteria. Bags/backpacks filled with food that children take home on weekends. Food is child-friendly, non-perishable, and easily-consumed. Bags/backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation. The BackPack Program concept was developed at the Arkansas Rice Depot, after a school nurse asked for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomachaches and dizziness. The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in non-descript backpacks to carry home. Locally, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore piloted a BackPack Program for the first time on the Eastern Shore in 2008. The program received positive feedback and was wildly successful, spawning the establishment of a regionwide BackPack Program.