Gladstone Key Club members help ­students in need with backpack program

Courtesy photo Members of the Gladstone Key Club fill bags for students in need. From left to right, Dalton Lauerman, Isabelle VanBrocklin, Marnnea LaFave, Megan Robinson, Abigail Micheau, Gabbie Wares are shown. In addition to the students pictured, many other students have been involved with the program.

GLADSTONE — Gladstone Key Club members have been busy filling bags of food for ­students in need at the four schools in the ­Gladstone Area School District and Rapid River Schools though the Backpack Food Distribution Program.

Each Wednesday, 150 bags of food are filled with weekend food (seven meals plus snacks). The bags are then loaded into tubs and delivered to five schools by the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis Club.

“This is the second year we have bought the food, brought it to the Gladstone High School, set up the assembly line, filled the bags and tubs and delivered them to the five schools,” stated Larry Kirschner, backpack food distribution program coordinator.

The children served, their parents and the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis Club are thankful for the Community Foundation of Delta County for providing the schools with the bulk of the ­funding for providing the ­backpack food distribution ­program.