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Sack packs help address issue of child hunger

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It's Friday afternoon and that means Dayvon has an extra bag to bring home from school. The sack packs, or blue bags, are given to students at the end of every week.  Making sure the kids have something to eat when school's not in session.

Maya Abernathy, parent, "it allows them to have something to rummage through when they're little bellies get hungry and they want a little snack."

The bags are packed with nutritious snacks.  But Dayvon is a normal kid and his favorite is the small treat tucked inside.

Dayvon, "I already ate the fruit rollup.  Reporter: It didn't even make it home?"

Dayvon shakes head no.

At Orchard Knob Elementary, Principal LaFrederick Thirkill helps pack fresh apples in the sack packs for his students.  It's part of the food bank's new focus on providing fresh produce to its clients.

Thirkill and his staff say these sack packs are life savers for some families, and they see a direct impact on their students' academic performance.

Principal LaFrederick Thirkill, "it does help with our students who come in on Mondays who have had an opportunity to get some of this food over the weekend."

Your donations to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, through food drives like Share Your Christmas help tackle the issue of child hunger. And those who benefit from the weekend sack packs are grateful for the Tennessee Valley's support.

Lakeva Rutledge, parent and school employee, "our community greatly benefits from it.  There's an urgent needs for extra food and this helps."

Maya Abernathy, parent, "it's like caring about a child in your community."

"It should warm your heart to be able to say I helped provide an elementary school child with a snack for the weekend."

Each sack pack costs about $2.25 so even a small donation can have a big impact.

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