Earhart Elementary backpack program in need of donations

A Lafayette school is now closer than ever to re-instating a program that provides meals for needy children on the weekend.

Posted: May. 26, 2018 7:53 PM
Updated: May. 27, 2018 12:12 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Bob Feuer spends his days volunteering in Greater Lafayette. It was through that volunteer work Feuer heard about Earhart Elementary School losing funding for its backpack program.

"I see things with the kids and there's such a need there that it has to be done," said Feuer.

The backpack program is donation based and supplies children in need with food on the weekends. Food Finders Food Bank President and CEO Katy Bunder said Earhart's program was once sponsored by a local church. However, she said the church can no longer afford to support it.

"We were really worried that Earhart just wouldn't be able to have a backpack program because we got kind of late notice and then we needed to raise the money quickly," said Bunder. "So we weren't sure we could do this."

Bunder said it's a life-changing program. 

"Their children are more eager to go to school," said Bunder. "They do their homework better and they're definitely healthier."

With his dog Teddy by his side, Feuer decided to step up.

"You hear things, you see things," said Feuer. "There was a need, so I stepped up."

Through donations and pledges, he's raised a little more than $5,000 of the $8,000 needed so that Food Finders can supply the backpacks on a weekly basis.

He said Teddy has been able to help too.

"People feel happy to give when he's there," said Feuer. " If I can raise more money, I want to do it.

Bunder said with a growing student population, some children could be falling through the cracks. Her hope is to raise even more in order to make sure everyone in need can take part in the program.

"There are more children that need the backpack than we're currently serving," said Bunder. "So, if we get more money than that, we'll add children to the backpack program."

Feuer said he'll keep raising money until the goal is met.

"To see the kids and how happy they are to take those backpacks home, it's a great feeling to know they're helping out their family."

If you'd like to donate, you can mail a check to Food Finders Food Bank at 1204 Greenbush Street Lafayette, IN 47904. The memo line of each check should indicate the donation is for the "Amelia Earhart Elementary School Backpack Program".

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