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It’s the Wednesday before the long Thanksgiving weekend and most of the students at Hillyard’s Shaw Middle School are looking forward to a few days off with family and a couple of great meals. Others know that they will be hungry long before they can return for free breakfast on Monday morning.

Study after study shows that hungry children have a hard time focusing on school work. Schools have free breakfast and lunch programs to make up for some of the hunger issues for some kids, school has become the only pla michael kors bag ce they can count on a meal

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Chu michael kors bag ck Richardson, left, and Dennis Woodfill carry boxes of food from Second Harvest into Shaw Middle School to be put into backpacks for needy students. CIS is part of a nationwide dropout prevention organization and it places site coordinators at the schools to help at risk students connect with the services they need to stay in school. CIS offers mentoring, homework help, summer school and after school programs, programs for parents and families and career programs.

Ninety eight percent of the students served by CIS stay in school.

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Northwest HarvestNorthwest Harvest’s backpack food michael kors bag program is called Three Squares. It serves Holmes, Logan and Stevens elementary schools and provided 1,849 weekend bags in the 2010 ’11 academic year. Each school serves about 25 students along with their siblings. “Last year was our first year serving those schools and we are looking forward to grow the number of schools we serve in Spokane,” Julie Delaney, procurement specialist for Northwest Harvest, wrote in an email. Last year, Three Squares provided 21,865 food backpacks to 2,259 at risk students and their siblings in 40 schools in eight Washington school districts.

Second HarvestSecond Harvest Food Bank donates to many schools in the Inland Northwest, including Rogers High School. There, the school pantry pilot program distributes 250 food boxes to students every month. The first distribution was in October.

“It’s an inspiring attempt to feed more hungry kids without breaking the bank,” wrote Jason S. Clark, president and CEO of Second Harvest, about the school pantry at Rogers. “If all goes well, Second Harvest will be able to reach more hungry kids in the coming year.”

Though the food is donated and volunteers do most of the work for Second Harvest, the food bank needs donations to pay for transportation and other infrastructure. The current fundraising goal is $400,000 by Dec. 31.

It’s the Wednesday before the long Thanksgiving weekend and most of the students at Hillyard’s Shaw Middle School are looking forward to a few days off with family and a couple of great meals. Others know that they will be hungry long before they can return for free breakfast on Monday morning.

Study after study shows that hungry children have a hard time focusing on school work. Schools have free breakfast and lunch programs to michael kors bag make up for some of the hunger issues for some kids, school has become the only place they can count on a meal. Once they get home, they are on their own.

It’s to help these most vulnerable students that Communities in Schools of Spokane County is handing out backpacks with food meant to tide the students over until Monday.

Every other Wednesday, volunteers meet at Second Harvest Food Bank to put the food bags together and deliver them to Shaw or one of the other schools served by CIS. All together, 160 students at four schools receive a bag full of food every Friday afternoon.

“The bags fit into an ordinary school backpack so no one needs to know that you went and got some food,” said Sherry Barrett, program director with CIS.

Inside the food bag students will find nonperishable items such as canned fruit and pasta, juice, cereal and crackers. Everything in the bag can be eaten as it is and it comes in packaging that’s simple for students to open.