Mary Alice Reporting – Assistance will once again be provided for Tuscarawas County children who may experience food insecurities.

The Tuff Bags Program closed a few months ago for safety reasons over the pandemic but they are getting ready to resume for the 2020-2021 school year.

Coordinator Lisa Walker says that they are currently gathering a list from the school districts that they partner with.

“Four school districts and three head-starts now enrolled in the program. So, we’re going to do what we can to help feed these kids. We still have schools that are working on their enrollment right now so I still have number coming in, but I expect it to be around 600 to 650 kids this year.”

Last year, they served 589 youth and she notes the increase is attributed by the addition of the Indian Valley School District.

Walker explains that the first packing day is this Saturday and it will be different as only 10 individuals can sign-up for a time slot and those wishing to volunteer must pre-register.

“There is a safety plan that we came up with. Those groups are going to be spaced out in our warehouse so that they’re completely separate, they’re going to have staggered arrival times, and there will be a health screening.” 

The items that go into the bags come from the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, with donations of monetary or plastic grocery bags coming from the local community through the Tuscarawas United Way.

For additional details about helping the TUFF Bags Program or to volunteer, visit www.tchdnow.org/tuff-bags.

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