The Rotary Has Heart Project for the St. George Rotary Club is our ongoing backpack buddies program. We pick up food from the Lowcountry Food Bank once a month and deliver that to the individual Interact Clubs (we support 2 Interact clubs). Dorchester Academy has 35 students in its interact club. They usually have 10-12 students that help unload the food and then the juniors (12 students) pack the bags. They pack about 500 bags and deliver them to Williams Memorial Elementary School each month. The administrator there hands out about 125 bags every Friday to the underprivileged students each week so that they will have something substantial to eat over the weekend.
Woodland High School has 50 students in its interact club. They do the same thing as DA but they deliver to Harleyville Elementary School. They have about 25 regulars that help (rotating from month to month). They pack and deliver 375 bags each month and their administrator hands out about 95 bags each Friday afternoon.
So, in cooperation with the Lowcountry Food Bank, we provide 875 backpacks each month so that underprivileged kids in our area are guaranteed to have something to eat on the weekends!