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Four Seasons Rotary is partnering with Rhythm & Brews and First United Methodist Church to collect food for the backpack program for Bruce Drysdale Elementary School students.
People can drop off pop tarts, ramen noodles, fruit cups, oatmeal cookies and other donations at both the Third and Fourth Avenue entrances to the concert site. No peanut butter products.
Backpack organizers are "spending about $1,000 a month to make up the difference for items they don't collect," said Ralph Freeman, a Four Seasons Rotary Club member. "So cash is acceptable or items, whatever's convenient to drop in the box. We'll have the barrels there at 5 o'clock on Thursday."
The backpack program serves 155 kids a week at Bruce Drysdale and hundreds more countywide. Fifty-five percent of the children enrolled in Henderson County schools are eligible for free and reduced lunches. "Somebody said, Well, that's 9,000 students," Freeman said. "So it's a big number."