Backpack Buddies pack up final summer meal boxes for children before school starts

Volunteers with Backpack Buddies box up non-perishable food items to send to children in need. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene in Putnam County was buzzing all night Tuesday with volunteers packing hundreds of boxes with non-perishable food items.

They are part of an organization called "Backpack Buddies" -- a group that has been fighting childhood hunger for the last five years by teaming up with school systems in Putnam, Kanawha and Boone counties.

This year, these boxes will have gone to nearly 700 children whose families struggle to feed their children over the summer months.

"What we do is give churches a break during the summertime and continue providing a little extra meal supplements to the participating students during the summertime," said Doug Erwin, Backpack Buddies program leader.

Tuesday was the group’s last shipment before school starts up again in several days.

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