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Supporting "Backpack for Kids" program to provide nutritious snacks

PROVO, UT (January 7, 2014) - - Many children in Utah County take advantage of school lunch programs, but these leave families-in-need without support over the weekend. The Utah County Foster Grandparent Program is asking for help from the community to help address this need.

Each year, Foster Grandparents come together to provide a day of service on Martin Luther King Day. "We had such great success helping the 'Backpack for Kids' program last year that we want to do it again," said Cheri Tuckett, Utah County Foster Grandparent Program coordinator. "We donated an amazing 450 packs last year, and with the community's help hope to beat that number this year."

The Backpack for Kids program helps provide nutritious and easy-to-prepare food needed to help a child over the course of a weekend when they are away from the breakfast/lunch programs available at their schools. Foster Grandparents collects food items to be placed in packs to be distributed. Each Backpack contains:

  • 1 Juice Box
  • 1 package Peanut butter crackers (Austin Toasty crackers preferred)
  • 1 Fruit Cup (peaches, pears, mixed fruits etc.)
  • 1 Fruit Bar (like a Nutrigrain bar)
  • 1 Granola Bar
  • 1 package of fruit snacks
  • 1 "entree" item (such as Kraft Easy Mac, Chef Boyardee microwavables, Ramen noodles, etc.)

"Anyone that wishes to help is encouraged to drop supplies off at Utah County Health's offices in Provo or American Fork by noon on Tuesday, January 14th," said Tuckett. "Our Foster Grandparents will assemble them on Martin Luther King Day."

The Foster Grandparent Program is located in the Utah County Health and Justice Building is located at 151 S. University Ave, Suite 2200 in Provo. The Utah County Health Department also has a full service office in American Fork at 599 South 500 East, American Fork.

"We want to thanks everyone in advance for your continued support of this great project and our wonderful volunteers!" said Tuckett.

Foster Grandparents work under the supervision of trained professional staff in places like day cares, preschools, public schools, development centers and residential treatment centers. Seniors help to provide, assistance, support, love and companionship to children and teens with special or exceptional needs. These young people need all the love which we can give them and who better to give that love than a grandparent. For questions or information on the Senior Services programs, please call 801-851-7784 or visit www.utahcountyhealth.org/seniors.

The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community to assure conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth. org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at www.FaceBook.com/uchealth, www.instagram.com/UtahCountyHe althDept, www.twitter.com/uchd, or www.pinterest.com/uchd.