Students get food-filled backpacks for the weekends

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WEST UNION, W.Va. (WDTV)- The superintendent of Doddridge County Schools used to see kids stuffing their pockets with food so they wouldn't go hungry over the weekend. Now things are changing so this won't be the case anymore.

A grant from the EQT Foundation is going towards food-filled backpacks for students to take home over the weekend. More than half of the kids in the county's schools qualify for free or reduced lunch and last year this program helped over 170 students.

“They would try to put extra food in their pockets from lunch time or from breakfast time or try to eat just very large lunches to kind of store up for the weekend,” said Superintendent Adam Cheeseman. “So the basic need certainly was there. We believe wholeheartedly that it is our job to educate students and for them to achieve at high levels, but we also believe it's our job to take care of these kids and to provide for their basic needs and to love them."

For more about what Cheeseman believes a school's role should be in a student's life check out his interview in the video above.