WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -Volunteers at Forest Hills Global Elementary are making sure every student has a full tummy when they return to the classroom each week.
On Thursday, children and their parents with the Little Red Wagon Program put together bags of groceries to go home with the 35 students who are in need. It's an anonymous program, and volunteers packed enough food Thursday to last until March.
However, the help doesn't stop there. The Little Red Wagon Program, which operates under Nourish NC, also gives big boxes to those students during Christmas, spring break, and summer vacation.
Stephanie David, who works with The Little Red Wagon Program, says they are fully sustainable, not requiring any assistance from Nourish NC. Volunteers take their red wagons through their communities before each packing day and collect donations from neighbors. David says that's enough to make a big difference in the lives of the students who are in need.
"It's a little unfair to expect too much of a child who's come to school after a whole weekend of not eating to behave in the way a child should. So, we got together last spring with our principal, who sort of identified with our social worker that there are children here that need help at our school, too," David said.
For more information about the Little Red Wagon Program, go to www.redwagonprogram.com
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