It might not be a big deal for your kids to find Pop-Tarts in the pantry, but for hundreds of Lubbock children who often go without meals altogether, a toaster pastry is a real prize. Therefore, the Junior League is sponsoring a "Pop-Tart Drive" that kicks off Saturday at United Supermarkets.
It is part of a weekly effort by league members to fill 700 sacks to send home with low income children each Friday so they'll have nutritious and fun food to get them through the weekend until they can get their free breakfast at school on Monday.
Debora Finlayson of the Junior League of Lubbock's Food2go Program, says, "The teachers have noticed that these kids are more alert, the absentee rate has gone down, and these children are just happier when they come to school on Monday. This is a big deal. It's not the type of thing that parents are going to be buying on a limited income. So, a Pop-Tart is a very special treat, something they wouldn't get all the time. So they are very thrilled about that".
Beginning Saturday, October 4, and running through October 18th, when you check out at any United Supermarkets in Lubbock, just drop boxes of Pop-Tarts, or any brand of toaster pastry, into a marked barrel and United will match every box of toaster pastry for kids in the Junior League's Food2kids Program.
In addition, the Junior League can accept donations of saltine crackers and snack pack pudding cults (that are not refrigerated) to go in the Food2kids sacks as well. For more information about the program, click here.