A look inside the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis backpack program

Courtesy photo At right, the typical contents of a bag of food sent home with school children who are fed by the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis Club’s backpack program is shown.

GLADSTONE — Each week the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis Club, with the help of the Gladstone Key Club, fills 150 bags of food for the school children of Gladstone and Rapid River who would otherwise have little or no food to eat over the weekend.

This is the second year of the club filling this need for preschool-age through high school-age children in both communities.

A typical bag of food per child includes a can of spaghetti and meatballs, a can of soup, a box of mac and cheese, a ramen noodle package, a beef stick, a cheese stick, 8 ounces of shelf-stable milk, four packets of instant oatmeal, a piece of fresh fruit, a packet of two Pop Tarts, a protein bar, cheese crackers and a bag of chips.