The Pulaski chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks joined forces with local activist Vicky Goad to promote and distribute meal backpacks to local children in need.
Jim Chitwood, of Lodge 1067 Pulaski said in a news release Thursday that Goad will work with the organization to provide food for students at Critzer and Pulaski Elementary Schools. Goad, who is the spokesperson for the charity organization known “Feed My Lambs,” approached the Lodge in April about working on this venture together.
The group is dedicated to helping boost children’s nutrition. The children are dependent on school meal programs to furnish the majority of their meals. Goad explained that during the week, the school systems do a great job of seeing that children are fed and nourished.
The weekends, however, are a different story. While the schools do not provide meals all week long, a different set of problems arise in keeping children from going to sleep hungry.
The release states the “Feed My Lambs” program consists of backpacks with food and snacks assembled by the group, which are then sent home with students on Fridays when they go home for the weekend.
“The Pulaski Elks have been blessed and fortunate to have the ways and means to help others in our community through Lodge contributions, awards, and through Lodge grants,” Chitwood said.
The United Methodist organization, other county churches, and strong volunteer and support system, including a group of businesses and individuals, have helped keep the backpack program going.
“Elks share, in support of our youth and in our community,” Chitwood said as he presented Goad with a $1,500 check in support of Feed My Lambs.
To see the many facets of Elks community service, or to join the organization, visit virginiaelks.org. See the elks.org web page for what a membership with the Elks can do to help with the Elks National Foundation programs.