The Junior League of Covington County recently adopted the Covington County School District’s Backpack Program as its first service project. The Backpack Program discretely provides food to children from kindergarten through sixth grade who have been identified by counselors as not having enough food to eat at home.

“It’s very important to us that the children of Covington County are taken care of, so when this service project needed a sponsor we jumped at the chance,” said Morgan Shoemake, JLCC President. “We are proud to also have our local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma join us in keeping this program up and running,”

Each Friday during the school year, designated children are provided with healthy options such as fruit, ravioli cups, cereal, and shelf-stable milk in their backpacks to take home for the weekend.

JLCC’s recent Miss Okatoma Pageant raised $4,300, which will go directly towards purchasing food to sustain the Backpack Program. JLCC members will pack bags and deliver them to Covington County Schools each Friday throughout the school year.

Individuals who would like to assist with food donations are encouraged to participate in the monthly drives hosted by JLCC. For the month of June, the organization will be accepting fruit cups at the following locations: Roman’s Muffler Shop, Stock Pro, and Don’s Farm Store, all in Collins.