Filling a Need by Filling Backpacks

Meals Program Keeps Students Fed on Weekends

by Charles Honey

Surrounded by tubs and shelves bursting with food, Jenny Steele ticked off the numbers of children at half a dozen schools who would soon be receiving it. Here in a portable classroom behind Meadow Ridge Elementary School, the Rockford mom was about to oversee a meal-packing operation to keep those students well-fed over the weekend. As chief organizer of a newly expanded meal program...