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Food4Kids program provides weekend food for Carlynton students

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Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

About 25 students at Carlynton Junior/Senior High School are receiving supplies of food as part of the district's Food4Kids backpack program.

The program, which began Feb. 1, gives needy students a bag or backpack of non-perishable food on Fridays.

“We have a lot of students that we know don't always have food over weekends,” said Laura Burns, assistant principal. “So our goal really is to just help meet the basic needs of our students.”

Burns said the district hopes to provide personal care items, such as soap, once a month to the students.

Bags are packed on Thursday afternoons as part of the district's 21st Century after-school learning program. Students who receive the food remain anonymous.

For now, the program is limited to students at the junior/senior high school, though district officials hope to expand it to the two elementary schools, Burns said.

Carlynton raised $8,000 to $9,000 for the program, including more than $3,000 from the district's Breakfast With Santa event in December. That could become an annual event, and the district is looking at other ways to raise money, she said.

Private donors helped out.

“We have had some very generous people, who I think wish to remain anonymous in the community,” Burns said.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or

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