For most, Sunday is a day of rest, but UMC nurses have been teaming up with the junior league on Sunday afternoons to make the weekends healthier for hundreds of Lubbock children.
The program is called Food 2 Kids, and it sends at-risk kids home on Friday with a lunch bag full of nutritious snacks.
These are kids who might not get anything to eat between their school lunches on Friday and their school lunch on Monday. The Junior League launched the program nine years ago.
This week, UMC nurses joined the effort to stuff more than 1,100 weekend bags with a little food and a lot of love. They say the need is great.
"We can only serve 22 schools every year at this time. I'd like to see us get even outside LISD and get into some of the surrounding communities that are also in need," said Junior League Chair Elizabeth Dannenberg.
"Pop-tarts are honestly one of the things in the letters from the kids that they always mention. They love them, but they're the most expensive thing for us to buy. So, we want people from the community to donate when they can," said Adonica Dugger, a UMC nurse.
Since the prize treat in every bag is a pop-tart, United supermarkets has become a partner as well, hoping shoppers will buy a box of pop-tarts for the Food 2 Kids program and drop it in the barrels set up at all United Supermarkets.
The "Pop-tart Drive" continues through May 15th.
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