School snacks in backpacks

Student effort assists younger peers


ABOVE: Bellefontaine High School student Chase Bell carries baggies filled with homemade oatmeal cookies that he and his classmates prepared Thursday for their Snacks in Backpacks project to benefit food insecure pupils. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: BHS Food 2 students, from the left, Nyteah Mundy, Kaylynn Payne, Autumn Floyd and Shakayla Johnson pack backpacks full of nutritious snacks. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

Marybeth Motasem’s classroom at Bellefontaine High School was a flurry of activity Thursday morning, where her students worked to prepare dozens of homemade oatmeal cookies and also package non-perishable food items, all to benefit food insecure students during spring break next week.

Members of the Food 2 class were organizing the items for their “Snacks in Backpacks” initiative that will be distributed to 30 of their younger peers at the district’s elementary, intermediate and middle schools.

The project is geared toward helping students who typically rely on the free and reduced lunch program during the regular school week, and then during spring break, might possibly go hungry some days.

“This is something that weighs really heavy on my heart,” student Autumn Floyd said. “I know there are kids out there that need this now more than ever. With the economy the way it is, it’s really tough on families and kids.

“As someone who was on the free and reduced plan as a younger student, I know what it’s like to go hungry sometimes, and I’m glad we can help out in this way.”


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