From the Desk of Pat Hopkins: Student Backpack Program

To: Parents/Guardians/Students/Community Members
From: Pat Hopkins, Superintendent of Schools
Date: October 15, 2013
Re: Student Backpack Program

In 2011, Reverend Bill Wade, Pastor of the Gardiner Free Methodist Church, approached MSAD 11 with a proposal to provide identified students weekly with donated food in an attempt to support families who were experiencing food insecurity. That year Reverend Wade and his many supporters/helpers raised enough money to feed 30 students from January through June. Two years later, the program is still going strong and has expanded to provide weekly meals to 50 students for the entire school year.

I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of the individuals who began this initiative and who continue to work tirelessly every week to make sure children in the MSAD 11 school district don’t go hungry. I would especially like to thank:

• Pastor Bill Wade and his wife Dena who organize and fundraise for the initiative.
• Helen Canfield, Eric and Tabi Languet, Adam Soto, Kit Langmeyer, Connie and Brian Laflamme, and Jason and Sherry Ingalls who package the food every other Wednesday to be delivered by Tabi, Connie, Bill, and Dena to the schools on Thursday.
• Dan Canfield, who provides cold cereal each week to add to the food packets.
• The Good Shepherd Food Bank which provides the food at a reduced cost as well as providing resources, including recipes, for the families who are recipients of the food.
• The Gardiner Federal Credit Union which is the largest contributor to this initiative, contributing 10% of the entire cost.

We are indeed fortunate to have so many caring individuals and organizations that give freely of their time and resources. Words cannot truly express how appreciative we are for all you do.

Thank you!