RIFA kicks off Snack Backpack program for new school year
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JACKSON, Tenn. — A local charity worked Tuesday to ensure that many students who may have gone hungry on weekends will have food. RIFA employees and volunteers packed 766 backpacks for the first packing day of the school year for the organization’s Snack Backpack program. The Snack Backpack ministry started 11 years ago and focused on one school, according to RIFA. At the end of the past school year, RIFA was providing 749 backpacks of food to children at 15 local elementary schools. RIFA officials say they plan to serve more than 800 students in the upcoming school year. Participating children are selected by school personnel based on need, according to RIFA.