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Wheeling Elks Lodge 28 Gives Back to Community

Photo Provided Shown with bags of food that will be placed in students’ backpacks are from left Delani Smith-Shaw, Michael Wine, Mariah Webb and Gage Cole, all students at Ritchie Elementary School.

WHEELING — Back Pack programs have been instrumental in providing school kids with supplemental nutrition every week throughout the school year for many schools.

Two local organizations — Hope United Methodist Church in Wheeling and First Church of God in McMechen — have continued this tradition. And with the support of Wheeling Elks Lodge 28, they are able to fill a great need.

The backpacks are packed every Wednesday afternoon and with the help of the fourth grade students they are carried into Ritchie Elementary School.

They are then distributed to each classroom for students to take home on Friday. The backpacks as they are referred to include healthy snacks like apples, bananas and granola bars.

John Jorden, principal of Ritchie Elementary School, says he is very grateful for the time and effort put forth each week to provide these snack for our students. If you would like to know more about this program, please contact one of these organizations.

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