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Members of the Jacksonville Rotary Club present a check for $2,000 to Fran Daniel, center, for the Back Pack Project, an initiative to supply children in need a back pack full of food each weekend to keep them from going hungry. The money was raised by Rotary at the annual Pancake Supper held at the Norman Activity Center and a matching grant from Rotary International.

The Rotary Club of Jacksonville donated $2,000.00 to the HOPE Back Pack Project.

Proceeds from the Annual Pancake Supper and a matching grant from Rotary International will provide for additional children to be added to the program.

Currently, 189 children in the Jacksonville and New Summerfield Independent School Districts receive back packs filled with food items during week-ends.

Some school counselors have a waiting list of children who need to receive back packs and the Rotary Club donation will add 13 more children to the project.

The Back Pack project began 5 years ago, and has had funding from Foundations to cover the cost of $144.00 per child for the school year. This project is sponsored by Second Harvest and the Regional East Texas Food Bank.

For more about HOPE’s Back Pack Project and its sponsors, see Wednesday’s Daily Progress.

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