United Way extends Backpack Food Program to Kingman

Posted May 01, 2012, at 5:55 p.m.

KINGMAN, Maine — United Way of Eastern Maine is expanding its Backpack Food Program to Kingman in collaboration with Kingman Elementary School, Lincoln Regional Food Cupboard and St. Joseph Healthcare. The program will supply qualified children with a backpack full of healthy, nutritious food packed and delivered by the food cupboard every Friday during the school year.

Rita Worster, who works at Kingman Elementary School as the school cook, started the collaboration with United Way of Eastern Maine and the Lincoln Regional Food Cupboard after she heard about how well the Backpack Food Program was working for SAD 4 (Piscataquis Community Elementary and Piscataquis Community Secondary schools), and SAD 64 (Kenduskeag Elementary, Bradford Elementary, Stetson Elementary, Morison Elementary and Hudson Elementary schools).

St. Joseph Healthcare heard about United Way’s program and wanted to sponsor the latest program developments in Kingman. St. Joseph Healthcare’s first food distribution took place Friday, April 20, and will continue each Friday through the remainder of the school year.

For more information about the Backpack Food Program, contact Edward French at edwardf@unitedwayem.org or 941-2800.

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