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Helping hungry children
WRITTEN BY DICK MASON, THE OBSERVER OCTOBER 21, 2010 05:02 AM

The Friday Backpack Program is back.
Back for a third straight school year and back with increasing momentum. The number of Union County elementary schools participating in the program, which provides food to children from low-income families, is up two this fall. This means the number of children helped by it may jump from 123 in 2009-10 to 180 this school year, said Friday Backpack Program volunteer Carlene Crampton of La Grande. She and Barbara Hicks, also of La Grande, are the program’s leaders. Continue Reading

Summerville girl donates her egg-selling money to Friday Backpack Program
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 02:54 PM – LA GRANDE OBSERVER

While most people think of delicious omelets and scrambled dishes when thinking of eggs, one student in particular thought of those in hunger.

Maddy Lease, 14, of Summerville, sells eggs from her family’s chicken coop and donates the money to the Friday Backpack Program, an organization that helps feed low-income families and their children.

“We sell eggs to regular customers, and I asked my mom if I could bring the excess eggs to sell at our church’s bazaar,” said Maddy. Maddy’s eggs sold quickly, and so she continued, deciding to use the money for good by buying food and donating it to the Friday Backpack Program. Continue Reading